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Brits Score a Win for Circus Animals!
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Brits Score a Win for Circus Animals!

Posted 29 June 2011   by         Permalink | 6 Comments

Tags: circuses, exotic animals, victory, England, entertainment

Have you heard the good news? Last week British MPs voted to ban exotic animals from circuses from next year! Hip Hooray!

Facing opposition as fierce as a lion's roar from the British Prime Minister, the people power of the backbenchers won out in the end, with a unanimous vote to end circus cruelty.

Just why the PM was trying to block a ban is a mystery. After all, animals in circuses live a pretty depressing life; being carted across country in small barren travelling cages, being forced to live in tiny enclosures when the circus is in town. Often these animals revert to swaying from side to side or biting the bars of their cages - behaviour that signals stress and boredom.

The circus life is a far cry from their natural habitat, and gives wild animals virtually zero chance of expressing their natural behaviours. So it's a good thing the pollies in the UK seem to be on the ball (and not a balancing ball!).

England will follow progressive countries like Portugal and Bolivia in banning exotic animals from circuses. In Australia, several councils have imposed their own bans while they wait for the federal government here to catch up. Ipswich, Ku-Ring-Gai and the Gold Coast are just a few of the councils that would rather see truly talented acrobats performing tricks than miserable monkeys or tormented tigers.

Hands down, the best circus I have ever seen is Cirque Du Soleil and not one animal in sight! They're gonna be around next month, and I highly recommend you check them out. But if you can't see one of those shows you can still pledge to protect animals from circuses and only attend animal-friendly circuses. You could even write to your local council and ask them to join the growing list of animal-free circus destinations.

What's the best circus you've ever seen? Or, the worst?

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Pegs Pegs 29 June 2011
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AWEESOME!!!!
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AliceinWhorrorland AliceinWhorrorland 30 June 2011
2
Only had time to read the first sentence but from that, AWESOME, congrats england
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Chad Chad 13 August 2011
3
Good to hear....GO ENGLAND!!
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Buddha Baby Buddha Baby 16 August 2011
4
That's great England. Animals in circuses is horrible. I refuse to go to any show with animals. And so does my 5 year old daughter.
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Tarzi Tarzi 19 August 2011
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That is wonderful! happy
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Theodora Theodora 5 June 2012
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About time, too! If only other countries would do the same!
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