A new survey has found that 75% of Australians want to see a ban on the use of exotic animals in circuses.
Forcing wild animals to perform pointless tricks in front of noisy crowds is confusing and stressful for them and has no place in a compassionate society.
Animals in circuses are condemned to a sad and frustrating existence – carted from one venue to another in cramped cages and barren trailers and trained to perform tricks to avoid being beaten or otherwise abused.
Most big cats roam across large territories in nature, so when they're held in captivity, they frequently exhibit stereotypic behaviour, such as pacing, out of frustration.
Macaque monkeys, who are our close relatives and prefer to live in large mixed groups, are kept in metal cages with limited opportunity to socialise.
A growing number of people in Australia understand that a circus environment could never meet the fundamental physiological and psychological needs of exotic animals. Because of concerns about animal mistreatment and public safety, over 40 countries – including Austria, England, France, Greece, Ireland, the Netherlands, and Scotland – already have restrictions or bans in place. Australia must stop lagging behind.
The Show Must Not Go On!
In 2021 Stardust Circus – the last circus in Australia that was still using wild animals – retired the lions and monkeys it was using. Now we urgently need to get a ban on wild animals in travelling circuses written into law.
If you live in Australia, please sign our action alert to ask your state MP to ban wild-animal acts.