Circuses are no fun for animals!
It’s been three years since the Coalition Government announced it would finally grant wild animals in circuses their long overdue ban in England. The Welsh Government have also pledged to do so soon after.
Yet circuses are still using wild animals, forced to perform crude tricks in the name of ‘entertainment’ and are gearing up for yet another long season of touring throughout the UK.
Wild animals don't belong in the circus
The complex needs of wild animals can never be adequately met in a circus environment. Regular transport, cramped and bare temporary housing, forced training and performance are all unavoidable realities for the animals.
Tigers and lions, who'd typically roam for miles every day in the wild, spend the majority of their lives in a space tens of thousands of times smaller than their natural roaming range on beast wagons and in makeshift runs. Some animals are simply tethered to a peg in the ground, unable to move beyond a few metres.
It's not uncommon to see circus animals displaying repetitive behaviours such as pacing and rocking from side to side. They're not dancing, these can be signs of stress of suffering from poor welfare.
It’s time that wild animals can say goodbye to the circus for good:
What else can I do?
- Is the circus coming to town near you? Email firstname.lastname@example.org and ask for some ‘counter publicity posters’ to help raise awareness in your local area