Circuses are no fun for animals!
It’s been three and a half 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 still using wild animals, forced to perform crude tricks in the name of ‘entertainment’, are touring 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, are restricted to beast wagons and small barren temporary enclosures for 90-99 per cent of the time.
It's not uncommon to see circus animals displaying repetitive behaviours such as pacing and rocking from side to side. They're not dancing, they're displaying signs of distress.
Wild animals do not voluntarily jump through rings of fire, balance on balls or stand on their front legs. 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 email@example.com and ask for some ‘counter publicity posters’ to help raise awareness in your local area