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Shocking scenes of circus suffering exposed in Peru

Posted: 11 July 2007

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Shocking video footage from inside animal circuses in Peru will be unveiled in Lima today. A new report and video are based on the findings of a two and half year investigation by ADI of the treatment of animals in South American circuses. Abuse includes lions being whipped, prodded, struck with weapons, a trainer abusively handling a capuchin monkey and ocelot and a restrained woolly monkey screaming in terror when his handler forced the animal’s head into his mouth.
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Help save Karla

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ADI Field Officers working undercover in an animal circus in Colombia witnessed some of the most sickening scenes they have ever encountered when a female chimpanzee, called Karla, was punched in the face and beaten with a chain by her trainer.

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Ecuador: Indiano, the saddest lion in the world

Indiano should be the king of the beasts, but instead at Ecuador’s Circo Barney y sus Amigos Ecuador, he lives with a chain around his neck inside a pitiful, filthy, rusting cage which is little larger than himself. The fifteen year old male lion is walked on a chain lead like a dog, and ADI Field Officers also filmed the poor old lion being whipped, hit with a metal bar, even kicked by the circus workers.

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Colombia: Savage beating exposed in circuses

ADI Field Officers working undercover in circuses in Colombia were confronted by savage violence, including: a llama repeatedly , a chimpanzee, called Panchito, beaten by his trainer – the frightened animal screams throughout the attacks; stones thrown at a monkey by a worker; ponies repeatedly hit during training; a chimpanzee called Karla, punched in the face and beaten with a chain.

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Bolivia: Bears living on the backs of lorries

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ADI Field Officers exposed deplorable living conditions for animals with travelling circuses including bears, capuchin and spider monkeys, lions, dogs, horses, donkeys and llamas. Pregnant lionesses were forced to keep performing for the crowds and three brown bears were kept in three compartments of a beastwagon, each measuring approx 2.5 x 3m, no other exercise facilities were available for these animals.
After a successful launch, evidence has already been presented to city officials in Cochabamba with more cities to follow.

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Our thanks to the Persula Foundation for their support with these campaign launches

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