[A] circus in Germany known as Circus Roncalli has taken a more creative approach to the issue [of animal cruelty] to help to keep circus shows alive—it has swapped real animals for holograms.
Circus Roncalli first began entertaining crowds with animals in 1976; but today, the organizers are the pioneers of the futuristic hologram approach in an attempt to fight against animal cruelty in the entertainment industry. While the traveling shows still feature real acrobats and swirling fires, none of the animals are real. Instead, Roncalli project 360° 3D holographic images that fill the entire 105-foot-wide, 16-foot-deep arena.
via My Modern Met