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Stop Circus Suffering: South Africa

Posted: 23 July 2013. Updated: 16 April 2015

ADI is delighted to be working with the National Council of SPCAs (NSPCA) and “No to Animals in Circuses and Captivity” in South Africa, both of whom are actively campaigning against the use of wild animals in circuses at a local and national level.

Follow the latest news updates below to find out how the campaign is progressing and how you can help

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Latest news:

October 2013: The NSPCA ran a fantastic billboard campaign to highlight circus suffering in Sandton, Johannesburg.

July 2013: The NSPCA met with the Department of Environmental Affairs, who advised the organisation that they were unable to ban the use of wild animals in circuses on welfare grounds. The NSPCA will now take the matter forward with the Department of Agriculture, Forestry’s and Fisheries, under whose mandate animal welfare falls.

The Deputy Director General of the Department of Environmental Affairs agreed to meet with the NSPCA. Ahead of the meeting ADI provided the NSPCA with briefings which outlined the case for a ban.

To support its campaign for a ban on the use of wild animals in circuses, the NSPCA has been running a public awareness campaign, which includes an online petition which has secured nearly 8,000 signatures to date.

April 2013: The NSPCA received footage of staff from Brian Boswell Circus beating two of their elephants. The NSPCA has laid charges against the circus owner and handlers and the case is currently being investigated by the Public Prosecutor.

ADI offered its support to “No to Animals in Circuses and Captivity” who have been protesting against Mclaren Circus in Cape Town. We provided them with a letter of support and access to campaign resources.

February 2013: The National Council of SPCAs (NSPCA) approached ADI for advice on initiating a campaign against the use of wild animals in circuses in South Africa. ADI provided the NSPCA with research documents, assistance and guidance. Our organisations had previously worked together to prevent elephants, snatched from the wild in Botswana, from being sold to zoos and circuses. ADI provided funding for the NSPCA to fight the case in the courts. Read more...

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