The RSPCA are urging all members of the public vote with our feet and give a circus coming to Langley Mill in Derbyshire a miss.
Peter Jolly’s Circus will be in the town, just off the A610, from 26 August to 31 August. The circus uses wild animals.
The charity has long been pushing for a complete ban on the use of wild animals in circuses; yet they still continue to be forced into performing crude tricks for so-called ‘entertainment’.
Due to their dependency on regular travel, circuses can’t provide the sizeable and complex living conditions that are required for animals traditionally used in this way such as lions, zebras and tigers.
The British public want to see a ban on wild animals in circuses.
RSPCA head of public affairs, David Bowles, said: “The impact of circuses on animal welfare is serious and potentially debilitating for each and every animal involved. Animals are forced to endure the constant travel, cramped temporary cages, and noisy conditions of a circus. It’s not a quaint tradition that harks back to Victorian times. It’s an archaic and heartless practice which must be stopped completely. This circus may be one of two that are licensed to use wild animals – but that is still too many. The British public have a better understanding of animal welfare than the UK Government are giving them credit for. Ninety-four per cent of people who responded to a Defra consultation on this subject wanted a ban on the use of wild animals in circuses. The recognition of animals as sentient beings is now widely accepted across the world and legislation is slowly catching up – except for here in the UK and it’s unacceptable. The circus isn’t the greatest show on earth, it’s the saddest show on earth for the animals and it’s a practice that needs to be abolished.”