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Stop Circus Suffering: Australia

Posted: 4 October 2012. Updated: 29 May 2014

Surf Coast Shire in Australia votes to ban wild animal acts

May 2014: ADI is delighted to hear that the Surf Coast Shire Council in the Australian state of Victoria has voted to ban circuses with caged wild animals from its land, joining a reported 35 councils who have introduced similar bans across the country. Read more about the decision

Australian local circus ban overturned by Gold Coast Council

Bad News: The Gold Coast Council has overturned its wild animal circus ban. The Council was divided equally, but Mayor Tom Tate used his casting vote to lift the ban, ignoring local, national and international opinion on the issue. This was very close and our thanks to everyone who contacted the Council. Please email Gold Coast Council members urging them to reconsider this at the earliest opportunity.

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Hobsons Bay Council introduces animal circus ban

Great news! Hobsons Bay Council in Altona, Victoria, voted to ban circuses with exotic animals on their land at a meeting held on 25 September 2012.

The decision follows complaints received by the council when Lennon Bros Circus, which featured lions and monkeys, hired Apex Park earlier in the year.

ADI congratulates Councillor Luba Grigorovitch for leading the policy change.

Read the minutes from the Council meeting here (the motion is detailed on page 21)

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