31 May 2012
Joint statement from Born Free Foundation, Captive Animals’ Protection Society and RSPCA on the footage and related article about the use of wild animals in a North Korean circus.
It is deplorable to use animals in this way. In our opinion it is unethical to use wild animals in circuses and this cruelty must be stopped. From the moment these animals were taken from their mothers they are likely to have suffered. The bears in this footage particularly seem distressed, frightened and in physical discomfort as they appear forced to roller skate and skip; and it is shameful to use baboons in this way.
Stories like this highlight that the exploitation of wild animals in circuses is still is a global animal welfare issue. Wild animals remain in use in travelling circuses in the UK, although our Government have expressed their commitment to ban their use in travelling circuses in England by 2015. Acts like this should be illegal the world over and we have campaigned to make this a reality for many years.
It may be difficult to achieve change in North Korea, but you can find out about our organisations’ work to end the use of wild animals in circuses here: