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Great British Circus abuse revealed

Posted: 19 August 2009. Updated: 2 December 2009

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Shocking footage revealed

Animal Defenders International (ADI) has released shocking footage from behind the scenes at the Great British Circus, showing violence and confinement of circus elephants.

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Elephant keeper sacked

ADI’s shocking footage from behind the scenes at the Great British Circus has resulted in an elephant keeper being sacked.

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Take action:

Please write immediately to: Jim Fitzpatrick at Defra,
Nobel House,
17 Smith Square,
London W1P 3JR,


Asking that the UK government not only honour the promise it made 3 years ago to ban wild animals in circuses, but also extend the proposed ban to include domesticated animals too.

All animals in circuses are compromised by the travelling and temporary nature of the circus, with severe confinement inevitable and physical abuse commonplace. They have no legal protection, as there are no regulations to protect them under the Animal Welfare Act.

Bolivia has recently become the first country in the world to ban the use of both wild and domestic animals and circuses. The UK should follow their lead and implement a ban as soon as possible.

Contact your MP:
Write to your MP calling for a ban on wild animals in UK circuses and strict controls on domestic species.
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