A national animal protection charity has called on the public not to go and see a circus using animals which opens today (Wednesday April 24) near Dodford.
The Captive Animals’ Protection Society (CAPS) says the Jolly’s Circus is one of just two remaining that continue to use wild animals in their shows.
The circus performs at Newnham Turn Farm, just off the A45 near Dodford from Wednesday April 24 to Sunday April 28.
CAPS says Jolly’s Circus uses a combination of domestic and wild animals in its show.
Liz Tyson, director of the charity, said: “We are delighted that a ban on the use of wild animals in circuses now appears to be within our reach. Despite this though, there are still some businesses that seem to want to fly the face of public, parliamentary and expert opinion and draw out this dying practice to the bitter end.
“This stubborn refusal to do the right thing is bad for the animals and it is bad for business.
“As all-human shows thrive, those circuses that continue to subject animals to this sad existence are shooting themselves in the foot. Attracting negative press, protests and demonstrations in every town they go to and suffering shrinking audience numbers.
“While the work on the ban continues, it is important that we continue to send the message loud and clear that animals do not belong in the circus. Please vote with your feet and choose an all-human show”.