Future for lions and tigers confined in circus looks bleak unless action is taken
The two lions and three tigers presented and trained by Thomas Chipperfield, and who have been performed at Peter Jolly’s Circus since last year, are to spend the cold, winter months in Aberdeenshire in Scotland.
Less than 2 weeks ago, ADI President Jan Creamer had warned in The Scotsman that “Scotland risks being the destination for its <England’s> wild animal acts” after it was stated that the outcome to its public consultation on the use of wild animals in circuses had been pushed back to the New Year. Until now, there had been no wild circus animals in the country.
In the same article, a number of welfare concerns at both circuses licensed to perform with wild animals, Peter Jolly’s Circus and Circus Mondao, were revealed by ADI. At Jolly’s these included water for tigers to bathe in being withheld, water not being provided for animals in the pre-performance holding area and snakes allowed to get to an “advanced” state of putrefaction, preventing a post-mortem to determine cause of death.
The Classical Circus Association tried to reassure readers, stating that the circuses had passed inspections and the reports were available on the Defra website, but they omitted to say that these were only published following Freedom of Information requests, such as the one from ADI which had exposed the failings outlined.
It seems difficult to believe that whilst ADI is rescuing lions from circuses in Peru and Colombia, having secured bans there, the future for these big cats looks bleak, unless Scotland, and England – who have fallen behind 28 countries who have taken measures to stop circus suffering – takes action and ends the unpopular and outdated use of wild animals in circuses.
Update: the arrival of the Chipperfield big cats has led to a motion from Aberdeen MSP Kevin Stewart to ban circuses from using wild animals in Scoland!
- ADI will be bringing our Stop Circus Suffering campaign to Glasgow on Saturday 15th November, when we will be screening our award-winning film Lion Ark, which charts our rescue of circus animals in Bolivia and how the lives of the animals are transformed.Please spread the word, invite your friends and join filmmakers and rescuers Jan Creamer and Tim Phillips at the Glasgow Film Theatre.
- Help us secure the British circus ban! Sign & share our petition urging the Prime Minister to back the bill to ban wild animal acts