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Local Government and Wildlife Protection Organizations in Victoria & Australia.

Wild animals used in circuses are routinely subjected to months on the road confined to small, barren cages, often in extreme temperatures. This, of course, does not allow the animals to exhibit any natural or instinctual behaviour. After the show the animals are locked back in their small cages, barely able to turn around, and shipped to the next town.

Despite claims to the contrary, trainers frequently use excessive and abusive training methods to establish and maintain the control necessary to make animals perform tricks. Although positive reinforcement is indeed part of a trainer' s repertoire, it is by no means his/her only tool, and is not enough to guarantee control of a four-ton elephant in the circus ring.

Inappropriate messages are also put forward by forcing wild animals to perform circus tricks. Animal circuses may teach people, especially children, that it is acceptable to exploit wild animals for human entertainment. Such exploitation is especially distressing when circuses use large wild animals and exotic species, such as elephants, lions, tigers and bears, which may be endangered or threatened.

The frivolous and degrading use of these animals is in direct opposition to the message that as stewards of wild animals, humans should protect natural ecosystems, enhance depleted species and ensure humane treatment of animals.

Regardless of training, the wild animals used in circuses can behave unpredictably and Humane Society International have significant concerns that circuses using wild animals can also present a threat to human safety.

In Australia, legal protection for animals in circuses is inadequate and varies between State and Territory legislation. There is a Code of Practice for the Welfare of Animals in Circuses; however compliance with this code is mandatory only in South Australia, New South Wales and Queensland. It is considered a guide but is not legally enforceable in Victoria, Northern Territory and Western Australia. Regardless, the Code of Practice does not ensure an adequate environment for these animals because of the very nature of circuses. State and Territory Animal Welfare legislation, setting out minimum standards for handling, care treatment and transport of animals, provides the only other defence.

In 1992 the Australian Capital Territory passed laws that made keeping of animals in circuses a criminal offence. In addition to this, some municipal councils in South Australia, New South Wales, Victoria and Western Australia have prohibited circuses that use wild animals from operating within their jurisdictions. In Queensland, legislation prevents local governments from restricting business activity within their jurisdictions. However, the City of Townsville banned a circus from returning to their area based on animal welfare reasons.

We must do the same in Victoria and other states so that Australia as a whole can be proud of it 'animal free' entertainment across the country.

Help me free the animals who still remain forced to work for their lives in these circuses! Its time to stop them and have these animals rescued and placed into sanctuaries where they can live out their lives with love and protection ! Will you step up and help me end this cruelty!! Sign the petition share it, continue to do so until we are successful!


Tracey Kay

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Help me to end the use of animals in circuses in Australia! Lennon Bros are travelling across Victoria NOW, currently in Bayswater then onto Dingley Village. Please 'peacefully' boycott an protest...

Help me to end the use of animals in circuses in Australia! Lennon Bros are travelling across Victoria NOW, currently in Bayswater then onto Dingley Village. Please 'peacefully' boycott an protest Lennon Bros Circus to stop using animals in their circus. Report them to Humane Society International & sign this petition and help me stop them.

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