This is today's big news. It is all over the newspapers. Different animal rights organizations have made their respective announcements. Many people, particularly animal right advocates are celebrating. No reason to celebrate, sorry
If you believe that Ringling can commit an act that benefits their enslaved animals, any animal for that matter, I have a tall building on 34th Street to sell you. Altruism is not the motivating factor, but their profits. Why three years from now? If they have the money to keep the elephants for three more years, they certainly have the money to release them to sanctuaries NOW. It's a ploy to lull AR groups into a state of complacency, and ease up on the pressure.
I don't think that will happen. The AR groups will persists simply because elephants are not the only enslaved animals in circuses. All of them have to be sent home for us to truly celebrate a victory. As for now, Ringling will tread water and watch if their image will recover, and the gullible public will return to their shows. That's the reason for the three years.
Ringling is playing rope-a-dope, resting between rounds. They will renege on their word as soon as their profits show signs of recovery. We really have no leverage against them except the momentum we have built against their shows. Let's not let Ringling play us like a piano. The animals are depending on our grit and resolve.