PHOTOS: ‘Wild Animals’ Roar for Cruel Circuses to End

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Protesters outside the Houses of Parliament called on the government to keep its promise to ban the use of wild animals in circuses in England and Wales.

Westminster protest for circus animals

Dressed as lions, tigers, elephants and other wild animals, a colourful crowd descended on Parliament today to demand an end to the beating, whipping, caging and chaining of wild animals in circuses. Supporters of PETA and Animal Defenders International were determined to draw attention to the plight of the animals who are still being forced to perform in UK circuses.

Circus handlers frequently beat, whip and electrically shock wild animals to teach them to obey or else suffer the consequences. Circuses keep lions, tigers and other animals on the road for up to 50 weeks a year, and when they aren’t being forced to perform, they’re usually shackled in chains or locked away inside cramped cages.

Around the world, many other countries have already outlawed these cruel circus acts – including, most recently, the Netherlands, which put a ban in place this week.

David Cameron promised the British people that the use of wild animals in circuses would be banned by January of this year, and while he’s failed to meet the deadline, he can still do the right thing by making good on the promise now. But every day that the government procrastinates is another day that animals continue to suffer in the name of entertainment.

Take Action

  • If you live in England or Wales, please send a message to David Cameron urging him to bring in the ban here.
  • If you live in Scotland, send a message to the Scottish government calling for a ban here.


  • Karen Black commented on September 18, 2015 at 4:39 am

    Animal’s are not on this earth to entertain humans.

  • Jill Chiappini commented on September 18, 2015 at 6:43 pm

    I cowardly cannot look at the photos, but I am, with my whole heart, against the exploitation and use of animals for human pleasure. They all deserve to live wild and free and those we have domesticated or ruled as food, deserve the care we would give to our children. No less.

    • Nova Town commented on October 25, 2015 at 9:10 pm

      WE MUST STOP HUMAN MONSTROSITY AND HELLISH CRIMES AGAINST ANIMALS AND NATURE everywhere on this bleeding planet ! We Must Move into the21st Century!!!!

  • Laura Marlow commented on September 19, 2015 at 3:29 am

    Animals suffer and have rights !

  • Jemma Godfrey commented on September 22, 2015 at 4:11 pm

    Please end these animals suffering!
    They should be living a natural life this is torture for them and totally unfair and unnecessary. It should not still be going on. Why cant people see how cruel it is?

  • eusebio manuel vestias pecurto commented on October 11, 2015 at 5:44 pm

    Good job PETA the will of all is that we can make change possible

  • Margaret Helen Sinclair commented on October 11, 2015 at 5:53 pm

    This is supposed to be a “civilised ” country!!! So..why does our government still allow cruelty to animals?? Please stop the cruelty to all animals. Stand up and have the decency to do what is right. Animals feel pain just the same as we do.

  • Sandra bradwell commented on October 11, 2015 at 6:32 pm

    I am very concerned that there is no news regarding the ban of animals performing in circuses coming in to force I expect and demand that you uphold your promise no animal should lead its life chained beaten and made to perform for any ones entertainment it’s barbaric cruel and that is not why God gave man domain over animals

  • Rose-Marie Grobbelaar commented on October 11, 2015 at 6:58 pm

    What a disappointment Mr Cameron turned out to be. Who and what is preventing him to ban this horrific cruelty?

  • Dave and Rita Cross commented on October 11, 2015 at 7:21 pm

    Animals, when used for our “entertainment”, are cruelly trained whereby the animals lose their spirit and conform only because the billhook is waiting to hurt them!

    Please boycott all animal venues, circuses, roadside zoos, rodeos, etc. We can stop this if we pledge never to support these horrific animal shows!

  • Barry Spurr commented on October 12, 2015 at 12:55 am

    NO animal, wild or domestic, should be in a circus, enslaved for life and held in captivity and transported in cages to perform unnatural tricks, under the whip and induced through fear by cruel training regimes (of which there is abundant evidence), to amuse callous and moronic audiences. It is a barbaric anachronism – dating from the nineteenth-century freak show – that no civilised community should tolerate. That it survives into the 21st century is a disgraceful scandal.

  • Febin Rafi commented on October 12, 2015 at 4:18 am

    Please leave the poor wild animals in their native forest as it is. We don’t need the cruel kind of time pass by watching them in zoos and circuses. And that’s not interesting at all in any way.

  • Kelly Nestelroad commented on November 10, 2015 at 1:54 am

    What is wrong with these people they have no compassion or any type of feelings whatsoever
    for these animals. This is horrible and needs to stop like now.

  • Dale Sencier commented on December 26, 2015 at 3:48 pm

    All animals should be free like people

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