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Do lions belong in a circus?

Do lions belong in a circus?

Posted 30 January 2013   by Anthony         Permalink | 7 Comments

Tags: lions, circus, Gold Coast

You know what they say about the Gold Coast - beautiful one day, forcing lions to perform circus tricks the next. Read on for the full story and what you can do to help.

Traditionally, you can find clowns INSIDE the circus. But on the Gold Coast this week, it seemed like some of the clowns had run away to join the Gold Coast City Council. In a vote of 8-7, councillors on the Goldy overturned a 2009 ban on exotic animal in circuses. This means that travelling circuses with lions and other animals can once again use public land for their out-dated and increasingly opposed shows.

Gold Coast circus protest.

100 protestors turned up to the meeting to urge councillors to extend the ban, as opposed to just 8 people (former circus owners) who wanted the ban overturned. Still, the councillors made the disappointing decision to let the circuses back into town.

For animals, life in a circus is no fun. Instead, it is boring and unnatural. They spend months on the road in small enclosures with no opportunity to express their natural behaviour. Circuses don't even pretend as though they're offering education or conservation of wild animals - so the lifelong confinement of circus animals is all for a few minutes of human "entertainment".

Lion circus adEven though the Gold Coast has taken a backwards step on animal protection this week, YOU can show them what caring individuals think of their decision. Take the pledge to boycott circuses that use exotic animals. And if one comes to your town, make sure you let your friends know that lions belong in the wild (and in awesome dreams!) - not in circuses!

If the thought of lions confined in tiny places bothers you, you might be shocked to know that pigs and hens are kept in even smaller cages, and what happens to them is even worse. Discover the truth for yourself!

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Mary6 Mary6 31 January 2013
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I am so signing the pledge and that is truly awful! You would think in such a developed country such as Australia we would be past torturing animals for the entertainment of humans
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*Steph* *Steph* 31 January 2013
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I think it's more amazing and certainly more entertaining to see humans performing extraordinary acts.
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marica marica 1 February 2013
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Wild annimals should be free in their own country,or land,or ecological home. Wild annimals  in zoo, circus or any other places  but their own, became  aggresive,mad, unrested, manniacs.(Babbons, monkies etc).
People trying to catch their attention on circus, zoos, etc made them wild , fouriuos. Their are not in their habitat.Temperature, climate,wheathr, public, peripheric noise,etc make the unrested,they fill  threatened, their life is  more short than in their natural habitat.Wild annimals must be  in their own habitat.We most bann circus, zoos, ect laugh
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Paws89 Paws89 1 February 2013
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Lions are without a doubt my fav animal. They are not only a vision of power but they are so beautiful.
You don't have to ask me twice to sign the petition. Lions belong in the wild, being able to hunt, sleep and allow all their natural insticnts to be free.
It saddens me to know that one of the worlds fav animals is being forced to lead a life like this.
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Mary6 Mary6 2 February 2013
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I agree with you steph I think humans performing is way more entertaining then animals like lions performing and I think it's a lot safer because a lion can easily revert to its natural behaviors and people could get seriously hurt
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Butterfree Butterfree 1 March 2013
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Lions deserve to be in their natural habitat, not spending their lives doing party tricks to please humans!!!!!
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Casper.s2 Casper.s2 18 April 2013
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"yes! why do you think they were born in a circus.. stupid!"


that is what the general public (idiots) will say when Lions are born in circuses, supreme stubborn logic
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