Posted: Tue 12th Apr 2016

RSPCA Cymru Sad To See Circuses With Wild Animals Return To Wales

This article is old - Published: Tuesday, Apr 12th, 2016

RSPCA Cymru is urging the people of South Wales to vote with their feet and give a circus with wild animals a miss. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

The complex needs of wild animals can never be adequately met in a circus environment with regular transport, cramped and bare temporary housing, forced training and performance all unavoidable realities for the animals. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

A circus – which uses wild animals – is due to arrive at Sully, Vale of Glamorgan, this week. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

RSPCA’s senior scientific officer, specialising in circus animal welfare, Ros Clubb said: “We have major concerns about the welfare of wild animals involved in this, or any other, travelling show, a concern that is clearly shared by a huge number of others in Wales. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

“Last year the people of Wales cried out against the presence of wild animals in circuses and are certain to be sad to see them return this year. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

“Circuses will only continue to use wild animals in circuses if the public continue to pay to see them. We are urging members of the public to vote with their feet and give this circus that uses wild animals a miss when it arrives in the Vale of Glamorgan area this week. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

“Because of their temporary nature, travelling shows like this will never be able to keep wild animals in a way that provides acceptable standards of welfare. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

“Placing an animal in surroundings unsuitable for the species can cause serious stress and behavioural problems.” ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

If you would like to help the RSPCA, you can give £3 now by texting HELP to 78866 (text costs £3 + one standard network rate message). We are a charity and rely on public donations to exist. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​



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