20,000 More People Call on Sweden to End Delay and Ban Wild Animals in Circuses

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PETA and Swedish animal rights group Djurens Rätt descended on Parliament in Stockholm today to hand over a 20,000-signature petition urging the government to ban wild animals in circuses.


The signatures are in addition to the 155,000 that Djurens Rätt submitted with another petition earlier this year. The groups are urging the government to implement a ban on wild animals in circuses immediately and not to wait for the postponed animal-protection law.

The petition was received by politicians who support the cause and spoke out for animals, including the following:

  • Elin Lundgren, MP: “Wild animals shouldn’t be forced to entertain us. It is outdated and without empathy.”
  • Carl Schlyter, MP: “Life has room for play, curiosity, and doing funny and silly things. But all this is stolen from wild animals when they are forced to perform at a circus. Not only have we robbed them of their freedom, we have also stolen their dignity. It must end, now!”
  • Jens Holm, MEP: “Animals do not belong in the circus! Forcing animals to make tricks [is] obsolete and should be banned. Circuses are great fun, but leave the animals out of it!”

circus elephant laying downFilming for Liberation

Wild animals in circuses, such as elephants and sea lions, are often torn away from their mothers as babies and confined to filthy cages or boxcars for up to 23 hours a day. They are forced to perform tricks under the threat of physical violence, and they commonly suffer from chronic health problems as well as psychological disorders before finally dying prematurely.

Every day that the legislation is delayed is another day of misery for animals. We’re urging the Swedish government to ban this archaic spectacle immediately. For the sake of these animals, the show must not go on.

You Can Help

  • In England and Wales, Prime Minister Theresa May has the chance to outlaw wild-animal performances. Please join the campaign and ask her to outlaw unethical and archaic animal performances.
  • If circuses visit your town, contact your local authority and urge it to introduce a motion to keep cruel animal performances off public land. Find your councillors’ contact details here (if you live in Ireland) or here (if you live in the UK).
  • Ask your friends and family to visit only animal-free circuses such as the world-renowned Cirque du Soleil, where they can marvel at the antics of clowns and acrobats who have chosen to become entertainers – which is far more fun than watching abused animals who are forced to perform against their will.


  • Kathleen Colley commented on September 30, 2016 at 9:51 am

    Mrs. Theresa May, you are now in a position to end the suffering of hundreds of wild animals that are a used and tortured in order to perform in circuses and shows in Gt. Britain. In other parts of the world, this has already been done, and it is now time for your country to put a stop to this suffering. Please use your authority to end this medieval and outdated form of abusement for humans, at the expense of defenceless, precious animals.

  • Lauri Cayou commented on October 1, 2016 at 11:57 am

    The use of animals in any kind of entertainment is barbaric! I do need to see them doing unnatural tricks that they were beaten to do over their life time. Just knowing that should turn anyone off! Please! We need to let them live in there natural settings. Living there lives like the rest of us do. God put us in charge of these creatures. I think He would be very disappointed!!

  • Indra Jaggernath commented on October 1, 2016 at 1:21 pm

    I live in a country that does not have a circus…..thank god.
    I am a firm believer in animal rights pertaining to ‘entertainment’. These animals already facing major problems in the wild with poaching and habitat loss. Why on earth would we modern day humans further condone using any of them for our amusement?.

  • jill osment commented on October 1, 2016 at 7:26 pm

    why is this still going on . a animal should be in the wild not like this it’s about it is stop for good. I will never ever go to a circus ware there is live animals.

  • Niamh commented on October 22, 2016 at 8:41 pm

    I am surprised at the Swedish government taking its time over a ban on Animals in circuses, I have always admired Sweden’s excellent Animal Rights attitude and I am disappointed in the delay.
    I only hope that our own PM Teresa May steps up to the mark and does the right thing for circus Animals. I know the Tories don’t have compassion toward animals because they support blood sports for fun and leisure but I hope that Mrs May proves me wrong!

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