For years there have been rally cries from animal rights protesters whenever the circus comes to town, specifically, whenever the elephants are trotted down the street in anticipation of their run at Madison Square Garden. Well now the NY Times reports that for the first time in 80 years, the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus will not be coming to Manhattan for their annual springtime shows... in fact, they won't even be coming to any of the five boroughs. Instead the circus will be banished to New Jersey, where they'll extend their run at the Meadowlands.

The circus will likely be back in 2012, however, as it's only being displaced due to some big renovations going down at the Garden. No word yet on if New Jersey will host the Elephant Parade this year, but parading animals through East Rutherford seems too cruel... even for Ringling.