Posted: 19 January 2012. Updated: 3 September 2012
ADI’s undercover investigations in circuses all over the world have shown that life for animals in circuses is one of deprivation and suffering. They spend excessive periods of time in transporters (even when the journey is short). Daily life for circus animals is one of confinement in tiny, barren cages or spaces, chained or tethered, all movement restricted with no opportunity to perform natural behaviours. Where exercise space is provided, time in that space is limited as all animals must share the space, but cannot necessarily go in together. We have found a culture of violence towards the animals in order to make them obey commands, whether it is a kick, a punch, a hit with a stick or a beating. Training is by punishment and threats, not reward, and can include slaps, screaming, beatings and withholding of food. Animals suffer in circuses because they are being forced to do something they simply do not wish to do.
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