Ban the Use of Circus Animals in South Africa

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Please support us in action to ban the use of circus animals in South Africa. Help us give a voice to those who are unable to raise theirs.

Over 40 countries have banned or restricted the use of animals in the circus.

But in South Africa, it is not illegal to keep circus animals. The law governing this is the Performing Animals Protection Amendment Act. Circuses have to apply for a licence for every individual animal they keep. There must be properly trained staff to look after them, and there are stringent criteria for how the animals should be looked after. For example, they must have adequate space and be kept in a hygienic, stimulating environment. They must be trained using humane methods. There must also be a vet responsible for the animals. The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries are supposed to do an inspection before granting the licence.

Lions, tigers, bears, and elephants are wild animals – sensitive species whose needs as mammals no circus can meet. This inability for circuses to properly care for these animals has been recognized in over 40 countries around the world, where (some or all) wild animals have become prohibited for use in circuses and other travelling acts.

Heres a list of countries that have banned/restricted the use of animals in a circus:

US
Austria
Belgium
Bolivia
Bosnia-Herzegovina
Bulgaria
Colombia
Costa Rica
Croatia
Cyprus
Czech Republic
Denmark
Ecuador
England
El Salvador
Estonia
Finland
Greece
Guatemala
Honduras
Hungary
India
Iran
Ireland
Israel
Italy
Latvia
Lebanon
Macedonia
Malta
Mexico
Netherlands
Norway
Panama
Paraguay
Peru
Poland
Portugal
Romania
Scotland
Serbia
Singapore
Slovenia
Sweden
Taiwan

Please sign this petition and help us BAN the use of Circus Animals in South Africa, animals have the right to live their own free life.