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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

creatures.”

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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