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On Tuesday 29 January the Gold Coast City Council will be asked to debate and vote on removing the 2009 decision to ban circuses with exotic animals from setting up on council land.

In 2009, the Gold Coast City Council made a wonderfully historic decision to be one of the first City Councils in Queensland to take a stand against submitting exotic animals such as elephants, large cats and monkeys to a life of confinement, isolation and distress - only to perform tricks for entertainment.

There is no justification for the use of such animals in circuses, as there are no education, research or conservation benefits to the practice. Children in particular do not learn anything beneficial or positive about exotic animals by seeing these animals perform tricks in a circus.

Please speak up for exotic animals in circuses, and ask the Gold Coast City Council to stand firm and not allow circuses with exotic animals to use Council land.

This petition was delivered to:
  • Gold Coast City Council
    Mayor Councillor Tom Tate
  • Gold Coast City Council
    Councillor Daphne McDonald
  • Gold Coast City Council
    Councillor Greg Betts
  • Gold Coast City Council
    Councillor Jan Grew
  • Gold Coast City COuncil
    Councillor Robert La Castra
  • Gold Coast City Council
    Councillor A. J. D. (Lex) Bell OAM, LLM
  • Gold Coast City Council
    Councillor Dawn Crichlow OAM
  • Gold Coast City Council
    Councillor Tracey Gilmore
  • Gold Coast City Council
    Councillor Margaret Grummitt
  • Gold Coast City Council
    Councillor Cameron Caldwell
  • Gold Coast City Council
    Councillor William Owen-Jones
  • Gold Coast City Council
    Deputy Mayor Councillor Donna Gates
  • Gold Coast City Council
    Councillor Chris Robbins


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