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Exotic animals in circuses are routinely subjected to months on the road confined in small, barren cages. These animals are forced to live in enclosures denying them every opportunity to express their natural behaviour and their training is often based on fear and punishment as revealed by numerous undercover investigations. As circuses play no meaningful role in education or conservation, the lifelong suffering of these animals continues only for the sake of a few minutes of entertainment.

Circuses defend the use of exotic animals by claiming the animals are loved and well cared for. But, adding to an overwhelming body of evidence, the 2009 scientific review 'Are wild animals suited to a travelling circus life?' by the University of Bristol in the UK confirms that it is impossible to satisfy the behavioural and welfare needs of exotic animals in travelling circuses. The scientists conclude that "the species of non-domesticated animals commonly kept in circuses appear the least suited to a circus life."

Living conditions in circuses cause severe stress and frustration to non-domesticated animals, leading to abnormal behaviour such as pacing by big cats and domesticated dogs, head bobbing by elephants or mouthing cage bars. These behaviours are scientifically acknowledged as indicators of an impaired welfare due to the inability to cope with unsuitable living conditions.

Please sign and share this petition and let the South Australian government know we want a state wide ban on circuses such as Lennon Brothers Circus, Stardust Circus, Silvers Circus and Ashton family circuses, who all contain animals.

Letter to
South Australian Government
Davenport MP Iain Evans
Bright MP Chloe Fox
and 24 others
Morialta MP John Gardner
Torrens MP Robyn Geraghty
Kavel MP Mark Goldsworthy
Goyder MP Steven Griffiths
Waite MP Martin Hamilton-Smith
Kaurna MP John Hill
Newland MP Tom Kenyon
Ashford MP Steph Key
West Torrens MP Tom Koutsantonis
Elder MP Patrick Conlon
Port Adelaide MP Susan Close
Bragg MP Vickie Chapman
Playford MP Jack Snelling
Adelaide MP Rachel Sanderson
Minister for Agriculture, Food and Fisheries Gail Gago
Cheltenham MP and State MP Jay Weatherill
Croydon MP Michael Atkinson
Florey MP Frances Bedford
Ramsay MP Zoe Bettison
Mawson MP Leon Bignell
Giles MP Lyn Breuer
Frome MP Geoff Brock
Colton MP Paul Caica
Norwood MP Steven Marshall
Exotic animals in circuses are routinely subjected to months on the road confined in small, barren cages. These animals are forced to live in enclosures denying them every opportunity to express their natural behaviour and their training is often based on fear and punishment as revealed by numerous undercover investigations. As circuses play no meaningful role in education or conservation, the lifelong suffering of these animals continues only for the sake of a few minutes of entertainment.

Circuses defend the use of exotic animals by claiming the animals are loved and well cared for. But, adding to an overwhelming body of evidence, the 2009 scientific review 'Are wild animals suited to a travelling circus life?' by the University of Bristol in the UK confirms that it is impossible to satisfy the behavioural and welfare needs of exotic animals in travelling circuses. The scientists conclude that "the species of non-domesticated animals commonly kept in circuses appear the least suited to a circus life."

Living conditions in circuses cause severe stress and frustration to non-domesticated animals, leading to abnormal behaviour such as pacing by big cats and domesticated dogs, head bobbing by elephants or mouthing cage bars. These behaviours are scientifically acknowledged as indicators of an impaired welfare due to the inability to cope with unsuitable living conditions

I am writing this to let you know that I want you to do everything in your power to create a statewide ban on all circuses containing animals.