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Petitioning South Australian Government and 27 others

Ban all animal circuses in SA


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.

This petition was delivered to:
  • South Australian Government
  • Elder MP
    Patrick Conlon
  • Davenport MP
    Iain Evans
  • Bright MP
    Chloe Fox
  • 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
  • Port Adelaide MP
    Susan Close
  • Bragg MP
    Vickie Chapman
  • Playford MP
    Jack Snelling
  • Adelaide MP
    Rachel Sanderson
  • Premier of South Australia
    Jay Weatherill
  • 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

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