Stop Circus Suffering

Wild animal circus acts in Germany must be banned to prevent another tragedy

Fatal attack by escaped circus elephant highlights dire need for action

Over the weekend, an elephant called Baby (also known as Benjamin) escaped from Circus Luna/Francordia in Buchen, Germany and fatally injured a 65-year-old man.

Baby is a 34-year-old captive-bred African elephant kept by Andreas Quaiser. Our friends at PETA Germany have advised that Baby has previously injured four people, 3 seriously – with a 12-year-old boy suffering a broken jaw – and that they have been urging for her to be removed from the circus and for criminal proceedings to be taken against them. Since the incident, Baby has been relocated to a safari park but it remains to be seen what action against the circus will be taken.

It has been insinuated by the circus owner Mario Frank that Baby was let out deliberately, a response commonly given by circuses to try and deflect their own responsibilities in caring for and containing their animals. Escapes and injuries regularly occur at animal circuses in Europe and around the world and will continue to take place until the use of animals, particularly wild species, are prohibited.

ADI is working with PETA Germany to secure a wild animal circus ban which will end circus suffering and prevent similar tragedies taking place. The move is supported by the German public, with 82% of those polled for a May 2014 survey agreeing that the circus is no place for wild animals.

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Comments

  1. fiona curran · 16 June 2015 at 3:32a

    These precious animals should not be in circuses – period!

  2. Dianne Burke · 16 June 2015 at 3:32a

    We humans have so misused our precious wildlife … And have traumatised them into feeling such confusion, pain and terror … Time to cease and desist and try hard to undo all the terrible harm by selfish human behaviour! Close down all cicuses with live animals.

  3. Kim boggan · 16 June 2015 at 3:32a

    No wonder circus’s are dying out – they don’t keep up with modern values and ethics. Animals in circus’s is a horrible and outdated form of entertainment which needs to be outlawed worldwide.

  4. Marcos · 16 June 2015 at 3:32a

    Please stop using animals for profit, they are not ours to abuse and torture.

  5. Beth lyons · 16 June 2015 at 3:32a

    When are people going to realize that wild animals deserve to be “Wild ‘” and are not created to entertain us or ours to exploit ? What this elephant did was natural for hi and this will continue to happen until the public realizes that we must release these abused wild elephants and place them in a sanctuary where they can be themselves !!!! This is a wake up call !!!! Free the elephants now !!!!

  6. salma arabi · 16 June 2015 at 3:32a

    ANIMALS ARE BORN TO BE FREE AND NOT HELP CAPTIVE. WHAT GOOD CAN COME FROM FORCING ANY SENTIENT BEING IN DOING SOMETHING THAT IS ABNORMAL FOR IT? AND WHY DO IT. PEOPLE LIKE TO SEE ANIMALS BUT THEY ARE NOT AWARE OF ALL THE HARM THAT IS BEING DONE TO SOMETHING SO UNNATURAL. WE SHOULD START EDUCATING CHILDREN IN SCHOOLS ABOUT THIS. IT’s THE ONLY WAY TO REALLY MAKE THINGS CHANGE

  7. Sylvia Sandoval · 16 June 2015 at 3:32a

    This madness needs to stop…! Animals are not ours to use, to exploit, to abuse or to kill…! They shouldn’t not be in circus, or any where other than their natural habitat. But it’s our fault because we pay to see them perform, We should be ashamed…!

  8. Marianne Mc Donald · 16 June 2015 at 3:32a

    Please do not keep animals in circuses. Please.

  9. Jane Ham · 16 June 2015 at 3:32a

    Elephants do not belong in circuses. They belong in the wild with their own kind.

  10. Sylvie Bellemare · 16 June 2015 at 3:32a

    La violence mène à la violence! Les éléphants sont même trop bons et patients pour endurer des décennies de mauvais traitements psychologiques et physiques…

  11. Sylvie Bellemare · 16 June 2015 at 3:32a

    Vie de misère pour ces éléphants désespérés qui 1 jour n’en peuvent plus…

  12. Judy Davies · 16 June 2015 at 3:32a

    Stop use of animals in circuses now. There is no need for this cruelty in the modern world

  13. Rose-Marie Grobbelaar · 16 June 2015 at 3:32a

    It can be said that humans will never learn. They are too arrogant, too cruel, too barbaric.

  14. Laureline · 16 June 2015 at 3:32a

    let them free !!!!! they deserve respect

  15. lynn hall · 16 June 2015 at 3:32a

    Stop abusing these wonderful animals for the greed of money

  16. Prof. Valerie Chalcraft · 16 June 2015 at 3:32a

    What’s the update on this proposed ban? The link to the PETA.de site is broken

  17. Diane Franks · 16 June 2015 at 3:32a

    I now read today that Krone Zoo in Munich might be getting the 15 big cats that Ringlin Bros have now that Ringling are closing down. We were led to believe they would be retired. But their trainer from Ringling will go with the big cats to Krone Zoo. A permit has been sought for this. Please tell Krone Circus you do not want this to happen. this is their facebook page https://www.facebook.com/zirkuskrone/ and here is a page telling us about the export of the tigers etc http://www.cbsnews.com/news/ringling-bros-just-applied-to-ship-its-tigers-to-a-german-circus-and-animal-activists-are-outraged/

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