Born Free is convinced the circus is no place for wild animals. The stresses of frequent transport, the inadequacy of minimal housing space, the exploitative displays in the ring, and frequent accusations of abuse; it is clear that life in a circus brings compromises and cruelty to wild animals.
Fortunately, attitudes and appetites of the public have changed, and the use of wild animals within the circus industry is in decline. However, we cannot wait for the industry to make changes in its own time while animals suffer: legislation must be brought in to bring this exploitation to an end.
We are very pleased that at least 31 countries, including England and Scotland, have banned the use of wild animals in circuses. Unfortunately, some countries with large numbers of animals in circuses, such as France and Germany, do not have laws in place to stop their use. This situation must change.
In recent years, Born Free has been involved in the rescue and relocation of several lions that we believe originated from the circus industry. These lions are now in safe hands, in lifetime care at our world-class sanctuary in South Africa. However, these lions are the lucky few: too many wild animals remain in use in circuses in France, including elephants, tigers, hippos, zebras and monkeys.
Last year, the French government reviewed several industries that keep wild animals in captivity, including circuses. We understand the Minister de la Transition Ecologique et Solidaire is due to make an announcement on the review's findings. Now is your chance to make your voice heard and ask the minister to ensure a national ban on the use of wild animals in France is introduced.
Send a pre-written email to Minister Élisabeth Borne, calling for an end to the use of wild animals in circuses in France.
Donate today to help Born Free relocate four former circus lions to its big cat sanctuary in South Africa.
Born Free is calling for an end to the use of wild animals in circuses in France. If you agree, please share our campaign with your family and friends.
© DirkJan Ranzijn International Circus Photography (Flickr CC).