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Animals in Entertainment

Born Free is wholly opposed to the use and exploitation of captive wild animals for entertainment.

There is overwhelming evidence of compromised animal welfare in the training, performance, transport and housing inherent to the use of captive wild animals in entertainment, alongside evidence suggesting frequent incidences of direct physical abuse of animals.

We believe it is outdated, demeaning and unacceptable to force animals to perform unnatural behaviours for entertainment and to exploit captive wild animals in circuses, performances, human interactions, and in advertising, film and television.

Animals in Entertainment

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Animal Encounters

Born Free strongly advises people never to participate in animal encounters or interactions, as they pose serious risks to both animal and human health.
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Circuses & Performing Animals

Globally, thousands of wild animals are used in circuses and shows and forced to perform demeaning and unnatural tricks to entertain the public.
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Mobile Animal Exhibits

Born Free is concerned for the welfare of thousands of captive wild animals used in mobile exhibits and displays.

A statement on the use of wild animals in the making of ‘Born Free’, by Virginia McKenna DBE:

“The film ‘Born Free’ was released in 1966, and it is abundantly clear that the understanding of wild animals – their natures, needs and desires – has improved dramatically since then.
“Making Born Free led me, and my husband Bill, towards the realisation that wild animals should not be used for entertainment, and that wild animals are so intrinsically linked to their wild habitats that they simply don’t belong in captivity.
“I am delighted that public opinion on the use of wild animals in entertainment has changed considerably since the release of the Born Free film, and I believe that we should draw a line under that chapter of history while keeping its lessons fresh in our minds.”

Reports & More Information

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Exhibition or Exploitation?

Born Free report into the legal yet unethical and low-welfare practice of keeping and training wild animals for exhibition or performance in England, Scotland and Wales.
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Bitter Bond

Award-winning short film by Born Free Foundation, shining a light on the canned hunting industry.