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Animal Circuses News

Find below local Australian news and other circus related stories. These stories are sourced from external newspapers, government websites, and other third parties. All care is taken to ensure the accuracy. Please refer to the source (listed with each story) for further information.

ADI to launch new scientific report in Congress at unveiling of Bill to ban the use of animals in circuses

A year after launching a devastating exposé of the treatment of animals in circuses in South America, Animal Defenders International (ADI) stands on the brink of securing legislation to end this shocking abuse in Peru and Bolivia.

At Congress on Tuesday 6th May, new legislation to end the suffering of animals in circuses in Peru will be unveiled by Congressman Mr. José Antonio Urquizo Maggia of the Nationalist Party and Congressman Mr. Alejandro Arturo Rebaza Martell of the Peruvian APRISTA Party . The unique cross party collaboration followed the launch of of the ADI video ‘Stop Circus Suffering’, which revealed the abuse of circus animals in Peru, Colombia, Bolivia and Ecuador.

ADI will also be launching on Tuesday a new report called ‘Animals in Circuses” The Science on Suffering’ that reviews the scientific evidence of suffering of animals during captivity and transport; it discusses the effects of stress and suffering on the animals’ hormones, and the psychological damage caused by the circus environment. This also features previously unreleased photographs from inside circuses in the region.

Conferencia de prensa Proyecto de ley que prohíbe el uso de animales en los circos del Perú. Circos Si pero sin animales - Perú.

Fecha: Mayo 6 de 2008. Hora: 11.30 a.m.
Lugar: Sala Mohme del Congreso de la República del Perú.
Organizador: Congresista José Urquizo Maggia.

Following ADI campaigns moves to ban animals in circuses is currently being considered in Bolivia, Peru and the United Kingdom.

Jan Creamer, who will be presenting the new scientific report in Lima, says: “The video and photographic evidence that we have collected not only here in Peru, but all over the world, shows clearly how animals suffer and are abused in circuses. And now, the scientific evidence is clear as well. Animal circuses belong to the past, when human beings did not understand the other species who share our planet. Now that we have a greater understanding of their psychology, their culture and their needs, we have no excuse, as an advanced civilization, for keeping them in these conditions. We have received considerable support from the Peruvian people and several municipalities have banned animal circuses since the launch of our campaign, we hope that the Peruvian Congress will back this Bill and set a compassionate example for South America and indeed the world to follow.”

She added: “Our Field Officers who investigated the abuse of animals in circuses in Peru, Bolivia, Colombia, and Ecuador uncovered some of the most sickening violence we have witnessed: Horses and ponies beaten; a chimpanzee beaten with a chain and punched; dogs hit with metal bars to train them; and other animals whipped, punched and kicked. We hope that this week in Peru signals the end to this suffering.”

The ADI launch in Lima this week will show:

Scientific evidence on how animals suffer in captivity and transport, and how life in the circuses causes these animals to go out of their minds – they get “circus madness”.

Abuse and violence to animals is commonplace in circuses.

Human rights and animal protection can move forward together – circuses without animals increase employment opportunities – and protect the public from dangerous animals (last year a lion an escaped from a circus in Lima).

ADI are also urging the Government, sponsors and the public to block a visit to Peru later this month by the Fercos Brothers – a Las Vegas-style magic act featuring lions, tigers and panthers.

Jan Creamer: “Like circuses, these are wild animals being kept in impoverished and unnatural environments purely to entertain people. Often the animals will have to be put into tiny cages and restrained in order to appear, as if by “magic”. Animals like tigers are naturally shy and solitary, a noisy theatre is mental torture for these animals. Anyone who says otherwise is either deluding themselves, or attempting to delude their audience. Almost all the animal acts in Las Vegas have been replaced by human shows, don’t let them start coming here because they have been kicked out in America.”

The launch in Lima will also be addressed by ADI South America Representative Congressmen Mr. José Antonio Urquizo Maggia and Mr. Alejandro Arturo Rebaza Martell, and ADI South America Campaigns Co-ordinator Juan Pablo Olmos from the ADI Bogota office.

PETA exposes Ringling Bros Cruelty

Thanks to PETA's ongoing campaign against documented appalling abuse of elephants in Ringling Bros Circus - 'the saddest show on earth' as PETA rightly calls it - the largest circus in the US has been compelled to answer charges for routinely beating elephants with bullhooks. (PETA has videotaped lame elephants limping out of Ringling's train cars.)
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Bolivia first country in the world to ban wild and domestic animals from travelling circuses

Animal Defenders International (ADI) is delighted that Bolivia’s President Evo Morales has signed a new law to end the use of wild and domestic animals in travelling circuses.
Source: Animal Defenders website
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Time to end this exotic circus farce

A LION sits looking forlorn in a cage while its companions pace up and down, menaced by dogs teasing them outside their enclosure.
Source: Daily Telegraph
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Brazil states proceed with bans

GREAT NEWS - BRAZIL BEGINS BAN ON ANIMALS IN CIRCUSES! Brazil continues to push forward, making sanctuary here more needed than ever. The state of Goias just banned the use of animals in circuses making it the 11th out of 26 states in Brazil to pass such a ban.
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Honduras bans all animals from circuses

GREAT NEWS from Honduras - November, 2015. Banning ALL animals from circuses.
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Ipswich City Council Bans Circuses with Exotic Animals

Local councillor Paul Tully said the council had voted 6:5 to support a ban, making Ipswich the first council in Queensland to outlaw circuses with exotic animals.
Source: Animals Australia
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Lismore Council cracks the whip on circuses

Lismore City Council will send a clear message that cruelty to animals will not be tolerated in the shire after they voted 6/3 to ban animal circuses from Council-owned land.
Source: The Northern Rivers Echo
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Circus elephant in the middle of jumbo row

A jumbo-sized dispute has broken out over the living conditions of New Zealand's only circus elephant.
Source: stuff.co.nz
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Driver dies as bus hits escaped circus elephant

A BUS has crashed into an escaped circus elephant on a highway in Mexico, killing both the vehicle's driver and the unfortunate animal.
Source: news.com.au
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60 Minutes - The Sanctuary

They're remarkable creatures. Social, intelligent, at times, very human. And just like humans, elephants experience many complex emotions. Which makes our heartless treatment of these beautiful animals all the more confounding. Hunting them to extinction, forcing them to perform in circuses, locking them up in zoos.
Source: 60 Minutes
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Auckland City Council applauded for Rodeo Ban

Rodeos are no longer welcome in New Zealand’s largest city.
Source: Animal Circuses
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Protestors urge city council to ban circus

AN animal welfare group have urged Derry City Council to consider banning animal circuses from performing in the city.
Source: Londonderry Sentinel
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Music Video made about Topsy the Elephant who was purposely electrocuted to death

Award winning Australian animator makes a music video about the tragic story of Topsy The Circus Elephant who was deliberately electrocuted in 1903.
Source: email
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Elephant, camels freed with Jaws of Life

What animals have to endure for our entertainment: Three circus animals had to be rescued by volunteer firefighters after the transport truck carrying them overturned.
Source: CTV.ca
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Circus Lawsuit Moves Forward

Animal activists have a new reason to complain about how the circus treats its elephants and other animals. A federal judge says the animal groups can now move forward with a blockbuster lawsuit. Click here to hear an interview
Source: George Knapp, Chief Investigative Reporter
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CAMDEN Circuses face exotic animal ban

CAMDEN Deputy Mayor Cindy Cagney will ask the council to seek a report on banning from the area circuses using wild and exotic animals.
Source: Macarthur Chronicle
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ADI: Peru set to lead South America with animal circus ban

A year after launching a devastating exposé of the treatment of animals in circuses in South America, Animal Defenders International (ADI) stands on the brink of securing legislation to end this shocking abuse in Peru and Bolivia.
Source: Politics.co.uk
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Elephant kills three in India temple rampage

A WOMAN was among three people killed as an elephant ran amok at a temple.
Source: Daily Telegraph
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Circus Whitewash

The British government's failure to end cruelty to circus animals makes a mockery of the Animal Welfare Act
Source: The Guardian
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ASPCA demands cancellation of TV’S Greatest Show on Earth

The ASPCA has urged Turner Network Television (TNT) to immediately cancel Greatest Show on Earth, its upcoming series that touts a “behind-the-scenes” look at the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus.
Source: ASPCA www.aspca.org
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Stardust Circus Trainer killed by elephant

Forensic evidence shows that Arna the Circus Elephant crushed a worker to death.
Source: news.com.au (Daily Telegraph)
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Cork City Council against Animal Circuses

Cork City Council passes a motion to BAN animal act circuses from using council land
Source: Animal Rights Action Network (www.aran.ie)
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ARNA and Gigi to be retired to Western Plains Zoo

Arna and Gigi are leaving Stardust Circus and living out the rest of their lives in peace at Taronga Western Plains Zoo.
Source: www.zoo.nsw.gov.au (Taronga Zoo)
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No Ban for Port Stephens

Port Stephens Council voted 4-7 against the ban on circuses with exotic animals.
Source: Port Stephens Examiner
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Animal Circus Ban in Fingal

Fingal County Council supports the ban of circuses which use wild animals
Source: Independent.ie National News
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Lion Tamer Mauled

THREE lions attacked their trainer in front of a packed family audience at a Lennon Bros Circus show at Penrith
Source: Rod Smith, www.news.com.au, circuswatchwa.org
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