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ADI responds to circus elephant killed in Spain.

Posted: 2 April 2018. Updated: 3 April 2018


Tragedy has struck after a truck transporting five circus elephants from Circo Gottani crashed on the A-30 today near Albacete, Spain; reportedly two elephants have been injured and one animal tragically killed.

ADI President Jan Creamer said "This terrible incident symbolises all that is wrong with the use of animals in travelling circuses. Instead of a life in the wild, these incredible animals are being carted around the country, confined and forced to perform. Please donít visit a circus with animals and help stop their suffering today."

In January, four circus elephants were stranded on a motorway for hours when the bottom of the truck they were being transported in began to give way during the journey from Oklahoma to Iowa.

Studies of the use of wild animals in travelling circuses show that circuses cannot meet the physical or behavioural needs of wild animals. Animals are confined in small spaces, deprived of physical and social needs, spending excessive amounts of time shut in transporters. These animals are often seen behaving abnormally; rocking, swaying and pacing, all indicating that they are in distress and not coping with their environment. ADIís video evidence has shown how these animals are forced to perform tricks through physical violence, fear and intimidation.

Please join the campaign to Stop Circus Suffering today.

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