Dept. of Environmental Affairs and Depts. of Provincial Conservation: End the use of wild animals in circuses
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Dept. of Environmental Affairs and Depts. of Provincial Conservation: End the use of wild animals in circuses

    1. Petition by

      National Council of SPCAs

Wild animals belong in the wild.
(Please also sign the personal pledge not to support circuses using wild animals : NO TO WILD ANIMALS IN CIRCUSES)

Wild animals used in circuses and other travelling acts are routinely subjected to months on the road confined in small, barren cages or in chains. These animals then demonstrate stereotypic and abnormal behaviour patterns indicative of prolonged stress and suffering. It is the stress through the process of confinement and transportation that makes up the bulk of the animals’ suffering.

The NSPCA is opposed to any degree of confinement or the use of any animal in sport, entertainment or exhibition likely to cause distress or suffering or which may adversely affect the animal’s welfare. The NSPCA is totally opposed to exhibitions or presentations of wildlife in circuses and travelling menageries. Because cruelty to animals is inherent to such displays, we seek to end such uses of wild animals. We work to achieve this by increasing public awareness and strengthening legislation that protects captive wild and exotic animals.

Animals in circuses do not benefit any educational, conservational or scientific cause.

There are circuses around the world which boast a variety of talented acts that pay tribute to the capabilities of man and his extraordinary ability to stretch the limits. The best part about this entertainment is that there are no wild animals that are forced to live life continually on the move, in unnatural surroundings and denied the opportunity to express natural behaviour. The NSPCA applauds these circuses for their progressiveness and for leaving wild animals in the wild where they belong. We don't believe wild animals should be subjected to the conditions of circus life. Regular transport, cramped and bare temporary housing, forced training and performance, loud noises and crowds of people are all typical and often unavoidable realities for the animals. Performing inappropriate tricks in the name of entertainment also does nothing to foster respect for animals.

Together, we have the power to bring about change. We will be sending a powerful message to Government that South Africans abhor cruelty and that the use of wild animals in circuses must finally be outlawed in this country.

Please sign the petition.

We thank you for being a Warrior for Animals.

PS: If you have not already done so please also sign the campaign letter to get cruel sow crates banned

Recent signatures

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    1. THANK YOU FOR BEING THE DIFFERENCE

      Dear Animal Warrior

      Thank you for supporting us by signing support for the following e-mail campaign:
      END THE USE OF WILD ANIMALS IN CIRCUSES : while more and more countries are banning the use of wild animals in circuses South Africa continues to lag behind but with your help we have managed to get the relevant authorities to focus on this situation and we continue to work on getting wild animals banned from circuses. You might be pleased to know that as a result of the campaign and publicity many corporate property owners will no longer lease their land to such circuses.
      We will not give up until animals are put first and cruel practices, particularly those in animal related industries including sport and entertainment are stopped.

      WE NOW HAVE A PAYPAL ACCOUNT
      Chances are that you may have a PayPal account. If so, we are pleased to advise that we have set up a PayPal account to enable supporters to gift us from anywhere in the world securely and cost-effectively. The facility can be accessed via our DONATE Page at www.nspca.co.za or if preferred go directly to your PayPal account and use the reference webmaster@nspca.co.za for the recipient
      then select the option 'I'm sending money to family or friends'.
      If requested our name is NATIONAL COUNCIL OF SPCAs

      IMPORTANT
      If you are already donating to an SPCA or other welfare organisation we urge that you continue to do so – this mail is only a notice to inform you that donations to the NSPCA can now be made via PayPal.

      SO WHAT, PERHAPS YOU MAY BE ASKING, IS IT THAT THE NSPCA DOES IN SOUTH AFRICA?
      As the largest and most influential animal welfare organisation in South Africa we bring hope to animals in outlying rural areas which are served by no other welfare organisations or Vets, we bring hope to working animals and their owners who rely on them with our national campaign to provide good comfortable harnessing to nearly half a million donkeys, teaching their owners how to care for them properly and maintain carts in good working condition and not overload.
      We bring hope to dogs and other victims of dog fighting.
      We bring hope to farm animals by with announced inspections and working towards better conditions under which they are kept and handled. As we do in bringing hope to wildlife by continually working towards better conditions when they are come under the control of man.
      So too do we bring hope to animals being used for research with regular inspections and by working towards finding and introducing alternatives to replace their use.

      WITH YOUR HELP WE CAN CONTINUE TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE FOR ANIMALS IN CHALLENGING CRUELTY AND BRINGING HOPE WHEREVER WE FIND ABUSE.

      Best wishes
      Dave Thorpe
      For The Communications Team

    2. WHAT DO YOU THINK OF OUR BILLBOARD?

      Dear All

      Thank you for your kind support, please keep those signatures coming as we continue our fight to get the use of wild animals in circuses banned in South Africa.

      This is our new billboard in Sandton – what do you think?
      https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151695083099843&set=a.337663599842.153799.259987684842&type=1&theater

      You can let us know under comments on the Facebook Page, tweet us at @nspca_sa or even write to wild4@nspca.co.za.

      Many thanks
      The NSPCA Team Leaders

    3. Reached 8,000 signatures
    4. NEW CAMPAIGN : YOUR HELP NEEDED – STOP THE SHIPS OF SHAME

      Dear Animal Warriors

      You helped us bring the stakeholders to the negotiating table to phase out the use of wild animals in circuses.

      We now need your help again.

      To STOP THE SHIPS OF SHAME – LIVE ANIMAL EXPORT. This is a cruel and unnecessary practice. Please raise your voice again at http://www.change.org/en-GB/petitions/dr-songabe-daff-director-veterinary-public-health-stop-ships-of-shame-live-animal-export and say enough is enough, no more cruelty.

      This is urgent as the next ship is due to be loaded and leave East London harbour in August.

      Best wishes
      The NSPCA Team

      Dr. Songabe, DAFF Director: Veterinary Public Health : STOP SHIPS OF SHAME - LIVE ANIMAL EXPORT

      A 20 minute investigative video can be viewed at http://beta.mnet.co.za/carteblanche/Article.aspx?ID=4529 The export of farmed animals by sea has...

    5. CIRCUS CAMPAIGN UPDATE

      Many Thanks go to each and every person who signed our circus campaign petition; we amassed a total of 7901 signatures, but please continue to promote this campaign.
      The meeting with the Department of Environmental Affairs yesterday provided us with some long awaited answers. Unfortunately it is now clear that Animal Welfare falls outside of the department’s ambit and mandate.
      It was a very open and constructive meeting, and there were a few points that we raised that the department will be acting on, but ultimately the Department of Environmental Affairs is unable to ban the use of wild animals from circus acts.
      We will now be redirecting our focus to the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries.
      Our online petition will continue, and the more signatures that we have, the better. In the interim we continue to urge South Africans to boycott circus acts that use wild animals.
      We will keep our supporters updated and advise as soon as we have arranged a meeting with DAFF.

    6. THANK YOU 7,500 SIGNATURES

      Thank you, you have helped us to send 7,500 e-mails to help us get wild animals in circuses banned!
      The NSPCA Team

    7. Reached 7,500 signatures
    8. Decision-maker Dr Jean Harris responds:

      Dr Jean Harris

      Animals in circuses are outdated and cruel


    9. Reached 5,000 signatures
    10. ANIMAL WARRIORS ARE FANTASTIC!!

      Nearly 3,000 campaign signatures in just 2 days! Please keep up the momentum and keep reminding friends, family and colleagues to join this campaign to get the use of wild animals in circuses banned in South Africa.
      Best wishes
      The Management Team

    11. Reached 2,500 signatures
    12. 1,000 signatures in 1 day!

      Thank you Animal Warriors, we have reached 1,000 signatures in 1 day! This is remarkable and we thank you for sharing the campaign with as many of your friends and colleagues as possible.
      The Management Team
      NSPCA

    13. Reached 1,000 signatures

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    Reasons for signing

    • Xanele Puren CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA
      • 6 months ago

      Use of wild animals in curcuses violates the animals' rights and borders on animal abuse.

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    • bernelle visser CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA
      • 7 months ago

      Animal cruelty must stop

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    • dieter reger 90473 NüRNBERG, GERMANY
      • 7 months ago

      KEIN SPOTT MIT DER KREATUR!

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    • Une van Schoor PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA
      • 7 months ago

      Because wild animals should be treated FAIR!!!!! They can't do anything if they are caught and put in a circus!!! It is only us, as humans, who has the control over them and who can make a difference... So I say: Let them be free and be who God made them to be.. They were definitely NOT made to be treated unfair and to put in a circus!!!

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    • Kelly Gibbs MIDRAND, SOUTH AFRICA
      • 7 months ago

      Because having animals is cruel and inhumane and the owners of circuses' who do this should be thrown in jail with no food or water and forced to literally jump through hoops with fire round them

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