17 October 2012
The RSPCA is stepping up its campaign to have exotic animal circuses banned in South Australia.
RSPCA (SA) Media and Campaigns Manager Jennifer Salter said no circus, no matter how well
managed, can provide an appropriate environment for wild animals.
“The conditions in which these creatures live and perform are completely different to what
nature intended,” she said.
“They are continually being transported and are kept for prolonged periods in close
confinement, in artificial social groups - all in the name of entertainment.
“Circus life cannot meet the social, behavioural or physical needs of exotic animals such as
lions and monkeys.
“Our concerns are not directed at the treatment of these animals by individual keepers.
“Circuses are legal in South Australia and come under the ambit of the South Australian Code
of Practice for the Welfare of Animals in Circuses.
“While this sets minimum welfare standards for travel breaks, housing enclosures and
display cages, the RSPCA’s position is that circuses and wild animals are not compatible.
“There are plenty of entertainment options for families that do not involve the use of exotic
The RSPCA is urging South Australians to write to Members of Parliament, asking them to
impose a ban.
Local councils can also do their bit, by refusing to issue permits allowing these types of
circuses on council land.
“Individuals can take a stand by not attending circuses with exotic animals and informing
friends and family of their concerns,” Ms Salter said.
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