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Just recently scientists got together and signed a petition to atest to the sentient nature of ALL animals. Two circuses (Lennon bros. and Stardust)in Australia persist in forcing lions and monkeys to perform for the excitement of humans every night. A male lion in the wild would typically roam around 260kms and scent mark their territory. Instead these three lions are driven almost all year round  in hot tiny cages. If you were a caged, trick-performing, sentient being would you think that was fair treatment?

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Letter to
Exhibited Animals Advisory Committee animal circuses / exhibited animals advisory committee/local council/ aaws
adelaide city council acc
lindsay lennon circus federation of australia
I've just signed the following petition addressed to: animal circuses / exhibited animals advisory committee/local council/ aaws.

Stop using exotic animals in circuses in Australia!

Just recently scientists(including stephen hawking) got together and signed a petition to atest to the sentient nature of ALL animals. Two circuses (Lennon bros. and Stardust)in Australia persist in forcing lions and monkeys to perform for the excitement of humans every night. A male lion in the wild would typically roam around 260kms and scent mark their territory. Instead these three lions are driven almost all year round in hot tiny cages. If you were a caged, trick-performing, sentient being would you think that was fair treatment?

"When children see animals in a circus, they learn that animals exist for our amusement. Quite apart from the cruelty involved in training and confining these animals, the whole idea that we should enjoy the humiliating spectacle of an elephant or lion made to perform circus tricks shows a lack of respect for the animals as individuals"
— Peter Singer
Author/Philosopher, Professor of Bioethics at Princeton University

The first ever scientific review on the welfare of exotic animals in circuses confirms that “the species of non-domesticated animals commonly kept in circuses appear
the least suited to a circus life.”
(G Iossa, CD Soulsbury and S Harris, Are wild animals suited to a travelling circus life?, University of Bristol, UK, 2009)

The current guidelines for the keeping of animals in circuses in Australia are far below what is generally required for the same species kept in zoos and are totally inadequate to protect their welfare. Thankfully an increasing number of Australian councils are taking an ethical stance by adopting a ban on exotic animal circuses on council land.

Governments in over 30 countries have already banned the use of exotic or all animals in circuses based on evidence of animal suffering. Animals in circuses are denied the ability to express strongly motivated natural
behaviours. This often leads to stereotypical behaviour such as pacing.

It is time for a review of the guidelines for the welfare of animals in circuses! Walking past an animal in a cage tells you nothing of their treatment and condition. Exotic animals have complex social structures and active sentient minds. Comfortable spacious housing and stimulation to address the exotic animals complex natures are the bare minimum of what is required in zoo's. Why do our standards falter when it comes to animal circuses? Truthfully, because we know exotic animals do not belong there. Lions and monkeys were not meant to travel in a cage for 11 months of the year only to dance for our amusement. Lets support circuses not clown animals!

sincerely,