Monday, 14 July 2014
NEWSLINK: Circus madness – the suffering of Britain’s last performing big cats revealed
Government inaction to bring in a ban on wild animals in British circuses is taking its toll. Animals from the only big cat act to perform in a British circus have been filmed by ADI exhibiting behaviour which indicates they are not coping with their unnatural lives. The footage of a lion and tiger at Peter Jolly’s Circus shows the animals pacing up and down their tiny cells. Known as a stereotypy, this is one of a range of abnormal, repetitive behaviours not seen in the wild, but commonly observed in circuses, indicating compromised welfare and suffering. ADI calls the behaviour “circus madness”.
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