Allow Circuses with Exotic animals to continue to show in Gosford

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This is a petition to keep Animal Circuses coming to Gosford Waterfront on the Central Coast.

Gosford Council are voting on banning Circuses with exotic animals from showing at Gosford Waterfront on Tuesday 7th May at 6.45pm. We are asking you to show your support for Australian Circuses with animals by signing this petition. We don’t want to see these circuses disappear from Gosford.  We ask that people are able to decide for themselves if they wish to go to see an animal circus.  

Most animal circuses that come to Gosford have packed audiences.

"The academic panel concluded that there appears to be little evidence to demonstrate that the welfare of animals kept in travelling circuses is any better or worse than that of animals kept in other captive environments".
-Executive summary of DEFRA Circus Working Group 2007.

"It is irrational to take a stand against circuses on grounds that the animals in circuses necessarily suffer, unless they are to take the same stand against zoos, stables, race horses, kennels, pets and all other animal keeping systems".
-Dr Marthe Kiley-Worthington, world renowned animal behaviour expert.


Information for Consideration

There is a great deal of misinformation about animals in circus. A lot of negative things which are frankly untrue. Most of the negative stories surrounding circus animals are either : dated, from third world countries (where welfare standards and regulations can be quite different to Australia), or often simply untrue/exaggerated. 

Circus animals are all treated as beloved family members by their owners and trainers. Everyone in a circus works together as a team. This includes humans and animals. We all love what we do and we love to uplift those who come to see us. Yes we need to make a living but we are not motivated by money. Circuses have been putting smiles on thousands of children and adults for hundreds of years.

Animals are trained with positive reinforcement techniques suitable to the animal. All of the manoeuvres trained are extensions of natural behaviours and it's very important to note that a trainer works with each animal's unique individual talents. There is no mistreatment or violence of any kind used in their training. What animal lover would do that?  They are encouraged and motivated through positive reinforcement but are not forced. If an animal doesn’t want to do something they simply don’t do it. There are no repercussions.  

Many circus animal trainers have knowledge and experience of working with animals that have been passed down through generations as well as from their own studies and experience. Some are considered experts with the animals they train and are called on to advise zookeepers at times.

Circus animals even exotic animals are not wild. They have been born into captivity and from that moment are looked after very well until they day they die. There are strict government regulations that goven animals both exotic and domestic in circuses. Some exotic animals in the wild are threatened by extinction because of hunters and poachers.

Many of the animals are stimulated by the changing environments. It has been shown by scientific stress testing that Lions are not stressed at all when the circus moves. Many animals are naturally migratory and love the change of scenary.

Animals are not kept in small cages. They are kept in yards (same as many animals) some of which can be quite large depending on the grounds. They are exercised and cared for every day.

If Circuses with exotic animals are banned then by the same previso council should look at zoos and other organisations with animals.


These are the official codes and standards that circuses in Australia have to abide by.


Dr Marthe Kiley-Worthington, one of the world's foremost animal behaviour experts, was commissioned by the RSPCA and UFAW (Universities Federation for Animal Welfare) to carry out an independent, scientific study of circus animals, in comparison with zoos and in the wild. The results of her 18 month investigation are in this book.


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