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The science on suffering: Political and public support (2)

Posted: 17 May 2006


ADI Survey of 318 Local Authorities:

  • 39% had banned all animal acts
  • 17% had banned just wild animal acts
  • 22.5% continued to allow animal circuses
  • 21.5% said they never received requests from circuses with animals

Banning the use of animal acts from circuses has been tested politically and enforced on local authority land. It is a popular move with the public.

Public Opinion

A 2005 MORI Poll for ADI showed that:

  • 65% say ban all animal circus acts.
  • 80% say ban all wild animal circus acts.
  • 90% against whipping and beating when training circus animals.
  • Only 7% strongly opposed the calls for bans.
  • More than twice as many people now visit animal-free circuses as opposed to those with animals.
  • In the last 5 years, attendance at animal-free circuses has risen from 6% to 16%.
  • Animal circuses remain slumped at 7% attendance.
  • The most popular forms of animal entertainment attended are:

- aquariums (50% of respondents)
- zoos (39%)
- safari parks (22%).

A 2004 NOP opinion poll for ADI revealed:

  • 63% of the public wanted to see all animal acts banned from circuses
  • only 8% disagreed.


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