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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.

Animal rights campaigner Save Animals from Exploitation (Safe) says Jumbo, an African elephant with the Loritz Circus which is currently in Christchurch, is being kept in conditions that break welfare codes for circus elephants.

The circus has dismissed the campaigner's claims as "hysterical".

Safe campaign officer Sacha Dowell said Jumbo was being kept tethered inside her trailer and was not being allowed the recommended eight hours of exercise per day.

Dowell said Jumbo was seen to be "swaying" from foot to foot, which was a sign of "emotional issues".

"It's not physical pain, it's more emotional pain at not being allowed to express her natural behaviour," she said.

A Safe press release said elephants were social and highly mobile animals and keeping Jumbo in a circus with restricted movement was harming her.

Dowell said Jumbo's long memory would mean she remembered being a free, wild elephant and would not have become habituated to captivity.

Safe campaigners protested outside the circus in North Hagley Park on Saturday.

Loritz marketing manager Paul Johnson said Jumbo, a 30-year circus veteran, had a purpose-built $300,000 home that she could retreat into at will.

"It's not a tethering of the animal, it's an option to go in or out. I dispute any claim that she is tethered for any length of time."

Jumbo was sometimes tethered for short periods for public safety, he said.

The swaying was a natural behaviour displayed in the wild that shifted the elephant's four-tonne load from foot to foot so as not to get tired, he said.

Jumbo did not "perform" in shows any more but still "made an appearance" in one scene, he said.

Johnson said he had spoken to Safe in the past, and challenged it to come up with some options for Jumbo's future but it had failed to come back to him.

"Now, you can't even talk to them. They are just hysterical."

EYE ON JUMBO

Minimum standards of elephant care as set by the government:

- A minimum exercise area of 500 square metres

- Ground underfoot in elephant exercise areas must be non-abrasive and drained

- Elephants must not be tethered with metal leg bands or chains except for safety reasons at night, during storms, in an emergency, or for treatment

- If used, a tether must be around one leg only If used, chains must be covered by polyester webbing or hosing where they go around the animal's legs and the covering must be well lubricated

- Elephants must have access to high-fibre food

(image by KIRK HARGREAVES/The Press)




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

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Source: Daily Telegraph
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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

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Source: 60 Minutes
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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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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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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

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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

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Source: news.com.au (Daily Telegraph)
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Cork City Council against Animal Circuses

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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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