Why we believe animals should be banned from circuses
- Regardless of the number of generations that wild animals
have been in captivity, captive-born wild animals do not lose
the instincts and needs of wild animals. They retain their
natural instincts to socialise and to roam freely. Circuses
deny captive-born wild animals of their need to exhibit their
- Large animals such as elephants, lions and tigers need a
large amount of space to be able to move around and to
socialise with their own kind. In the wild, elephants may travel 40 kilometres a day, mud bathe and live in social groups. In a
circus, elephants are chained or confined to a small space and are only able to stand up, lie down or shuffle a few paces
backwards and forwards. Lions and tigers are shut in their beast wagons for over 90% of the time. They, too, need to be able
to socialise and roam freely.
- The RSPCA's greatest concern is the disparity between the conditions imposed on wild animals by circus life and the
environment that these animals need for their well-being. Life in the wild cannot be replicated on the back of transportation
trucks or at circus sites around the country.
- The RSPCA's main concerns for circus animals are:
- Continual transportation.
- Continual confinement.
- Unnatural social groups.