Swedish Supermodel Victoria Silvstedt Wants Wild Animals in Circuses to Be Free

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Swedish supermodel and TV star Victoria Silvstedt is urging Sweden to ban circuses that use wild animals.

Victoria Silvstedt Circus Sign Model Sweden

Sweden currently bans some animal species from being exploited in circuses. But Victoria is speaking out for the animals who are still being forced to perform crude tricks for human entertainment.

In a letter written on behalf of PETA and Swedish animal-protection group Djurens Rätt to Sweden’s Minister for Rural Affairs, she says:

Sweden’s partial ban does not go far enough, since species that experience some of the worst suffering in circuses, such as elephants, sea lions and camels, are left unprotected. To force them to perform … meaningless and often uncomfortable or painful tricks, trainers use whips, muzzles, bullhooks and electric prods.

The majority of Swedish people already support a full ban on these cruel circuses, so this move would align the law with modern progressive attitudes.

Animals forced to perform demeaning tricks at circuses are often beaten into submission. When they are offstage, their lives consist of pacing around tiny cages or enclosures. No travelling circus can meet the complex needs of animals who require the opportunity to roam, play and interact in social groups. It’s time Sweden consigned this archaic form of “entertainment” to the history books.

Circus elephants

Victoria encourages circus fans to watch entertainers who have chosen to take the stage, instead of wild animals who are forced to perform:

The true spirit of the circus is best illustrated by wonderful performances by human entertainers – such as clowns and trapeze artists – not by animals whose spirits have been broken and who are forced to perform under duress.

Join Victoria, and call for a ban on wild-animal circuses by signing our petition!

Comments

  • Carolyn Taylor commented on May 13, 2016 at 4:03 pm

    Come on people this is 2016.

    • Peter Shaw commented on May 20, 2016 at 4:58 pm

      Vegans rule the world!

    • Carolyn McDonald commented on May 20, 2016 at 7:52 pm

      absolutely!

    • Lone Jacobsen commented on May 25, 2016 at 11:02 pm

      Thank you all from a girl in Denmark. No animals in cirkus. We must never stop helping animals

  • Gloria Macari commented on May 13, 2016 at 4:10 pm

    Wild Animals do not belong in a Circus set them free . They are not there for humans to laugh and joke about and pay money to see them as prisoners , this must stop, Animals are not there for our entertainment . Set them free Now.

    • Kevin Leedham commented on May 13, 2016 at 6:51 pm

      I totally agree…

      • Pauline commented on May 21, 2016 at 5:44 am

        I agree too these animals should be free

  • Elizabeth smith commented on May 13, 2016 at 4:12 pm

    Please stop this cruel and disgusting practise

  • Alina commented on May 13, 2016 at 4:13 pm

    Stop abuse animals in circus. All animals free.

  • Jean Gilliard commented on May 13, 2016 at 4:15 pm

    Please STOP treating wild animals as human entertainment. Thank you

  • Joyce Eden commented on May 13, 2016 at 4:25 pm

    So cruel

  • Paula Sable commented on May 13, 2016 at 4:35 pm

    This out of date method of entertainment should have been outlawed decades ago. Animals aren’t meant to perform in this stupid way.

  • Jane McCabe commented on May 13, 2016 at 4:48 pm

    Please stop this cruel practice of using animals, especially elephants, in circuses.

  • Christina Edwards commented on May 13, 2016 at 5:07 pm

    Please end this barbarism

  • Louise Roberts commented on May 13, 2016 at 5:32 pm

    Animals being used and abused for human entertainment is intrinsically wrong!! STOP this now!

  • Natasha Ward commented on May 13, 2016 at 5:40 pm

    Absolutely disgusting. The only place wild animals should be, is in the wild. We should be on this earth as protectors of animals and not to harm them.

  • Julie markwell commented on May 13, 2016 at 5:46 pm

    Animals were not put on this earth to travel and perform in circus’s for human entertainment!!!

  • joan stephenson commented on May 13, 2016 at 5:47 pm

    animals should not be locked in cages and should not be made to perform it,s so wrong and cruel.

  • Moira Galvin commented on May 13, 2016 at 6:17 pm

    Needs to be stop…..asap

  • Anne fothergill commented on May 13, 2016 at 6:29 pm

    Wild animals need to be free…

  • Julie Elford commented on May 13, 2016 at 6:44 pm

    Wild animals do not belong in the circus.

  • Jean commented on May 13, 2016 at 6:51 pm

    Please stop

    • Jean commented on May 13, 2016 at 6:52 pm

      Please stop using animals I’m circuses

  • Melissa Wilaon commented on May 13, 2016 at 7:07 pm

    Stop this now!

  • Melissa Wilaon commented on May 13, 2016 at 7:08 pm

    Atop Stop this cruelty now!

  • Mary Baldwin commented on May 13, 2016 at 7:19 pm

    Please ban the use of all wild animals in circuses

  • pamela wsring commented on May 13, 2016 at 7:28 pm

    No animal should be made to perform, only the human animal as they choose to!!

  • patsy commented on May 13, 2016 at 7:34 pm

    Do the right thing, ban these cruel circuses NOW!!

  • Sandra smouth jones commented on May 13, 2016 at 8:35 pm

    Stop this now

  • Anne will commented on May 13, 2016 at 8:36 pm

    Inhumane and barbaric……go make your money without destroying other lives. Animals are not ours to use for our entertainment!!

  • Julie Barnes commented on May 13, 2016 at 9:01 pm

    Animals are not entertainers. They should not be forced to amuse us and suffer for our ignorance.

  • fiorvaleria carrapa commented on May 13, 2016 at 10:16 pm

    animals FREe !

  • fiorvaleria carrapa commented on May 13, 2016 at 10:19 pm

    respecte and love animals !

  • M cast commented on May 13, 2016 at 10:51 pm

    Please…as a civilised country i cannot believe you have not yet stopped this barbarism for sentient creatures.

  • Amanda tyreman commented on May 14, 2016 at 9:11 am

    Animals should be free not kept to entertain people

  • chrissy wallington commented on May 14, 2016 at 9:55 am

    This is barbaric !!! stop !!!!

  • Paul Harrison commented on May 14, 2016 at 10:54 am

    Circus is not a place for any animals neither are places like Sea World.

    They should be in their natural habitat.

  • Rosalind Carter commented on May 14, 2016 at 11:16 am

    THIS CRUELTY MUST STOP!!!!!

  • Barbara riccardi commented on May 14, 2016 at 12:17 pm

    This must stop.

  • julie commented on May 14, 2016 at 4:08 pm

    this is a barbaric act. and needs to stop. no animal should suffer this,they need to be free. only monsters mistreat animals.man doe not own animals they are equal and should be treated that way,enough is enough.time is now for change which is long over due.

  • Maria Paris commented on May 14, 2016 at 4:26 pm

    Please stop animal in circuses!

  • Chrystine Vernon commented on May 14, 2016 at 7:59 pm

    No animal should suffer in this way !

  • Gary Vernon commented on May 14, 2016 at 8:00 pm

    This is a barbaric practice !

  • Emma Brooks commented on May 14, 2016 at 8:16 pm

    Please stop using animals in circuses

  • Alicia Murden commented on May 14, 2016 at 10:30 pm

    Elephants are beautiful and majestic animals and should be treated with the respect they deserve!

  • Nancy O'Neal commented on May 15, 2016 at 12:01 am

    Until animals are able to comprehend and agree to that life by some legal means leave them out of your hair brained schemes.

  • Tutta Salonen commented on May 15, 2016 at 4:04 pm

    Shame on ous Sweden! Thank you Victoria!

  • Evelina commented on May 15, 2016 at 4:21 pm

    Let the animals be animals!!!!

  • ANNETTE SCHAFER commented on May 15, 2016 at 4:32 pm

    Free the animals

  • Tabitha Miller commented on May 15, 2016 at 6:11 pm

    Stop using animals for circuses!! Animals should be free in the wild with their families!!

  • Tabitha Miller commented on May 15, 2016 at 6:13 pm

    Stop using animals! These animals need to be free in the wild with their families! How would you like to be chained up in a cage and abused?!

  • LAURA TOLPEZNIKOVA commented on May 15, 2016 at 9:34 pm

    This is not entertainment but cruelty

  • lena nilsson commented on May 15, 2016 at 11:03 pm

    Stupid to take animals from their nature! They dont belong to people or cirkuses!

  • Diane Pepitone commented on May 16, 2016 at 8:45 am

    Please stop the torture these innocent creatures are forced to endure throughout their lives because of circuses.
    Thank you.

  • Tamanna Ishrat commented on May 16, 2016 at 9:03 pm

    Plz stop circus. This is unnecessary. Thats so cruel. Now a days circus no needed coz there have many kinds of entertainment and we dont want animal abuse just for entertainment

  • Rochelle wood commented on May 17, 2016 at 4:02 am

    Stop animal abuse

  • Krystyna Wooding commented on May 17, 2016 at 12:10 pm

    This practise must stop in evety country that still allows wild animals in circuses.
    No wild animal should be kept in captivity in this day and age. We should be more civalised we no longer live in the past, chsnges to animal welfare are paramount for there survival.

  • Sara king commented on May 20, 2016 at 4:52 pm

    Do the right thing and ban animal cruelty and circus animal’s immediately

  • Valerie commented on May 20, 2016 at 4:57 pm

    At the same time, this model appears in French commercials on TV to promote leather sofas! Get her accountable!

  • Linda Badham commented on May 20, 2016 at 4:59 pm

    CAN YOU IMAGINE THE SUFFERING THE POOR ANIMALS GO THROUGH UNTIL THEY DO WHAT THEY HAVE BEEN MADE TO ? TO BE MADE TO DO UNNATURAL THINGS ?? THEY ARE NOT MEANT TO BE SLAVES , THIS IS BEYOND COMPREHENSION . LEAVE THEM ALONE TO LIVE THEIR LIVES AS GOD INTENDED ! THEY ARE NOT OURS FOR ENTERTAINMENT !!

  • Peter Shaw commented on May 20, 2016 at 6:47 pm

    Free the animals

  • P. Ellison commented on May 20, 2016 at 7:26 pm

    Great idea totally agree

  • I. Gill commented on May 20, 2016 at 8:34 pm

    What a cruel way to treat any animal , elephants are very intelligent. I do not understand that people pay to promote this cruelty.

  • Sharon thomson commented on May 20, 2016 at 11:44 pm

    Animals belong in the wild where they can roam free. I boycott zoos and circuses and any animal park as I cannot bare to see animals locked up, clearly miserable for human entertainment. We are heartless, evil humans. We need to change as a society towards how we treat animals!!!

  • frank hambling commented on May 21, 2016 at 7:21 am

    If anyone cares about the well being of animals in captivity, then they should give circuses a miss. While people pay admission fees, then circuses will keep going.

  • Ama Alnahed commented on May 21, 2016 at 6:16 pm

    Animals belong in the wild not circuses.

  • Ama Alnahed commented on May 21, 2016 at 6:18 pm

    Circuses are bad for animals.

  • Marina commented on May 23, 2016 at 11:57 am

    stop animal abuse!!!!

  • Natalie commented on May 24, 2016 at 12:01 pm

    Why are we still doing this ridiculous act after so many years? STOP PUTTING WILD ANIMALS IN CIRCUSES!!!!

  • shelley commented on May 26, 2016 at 6:45 pm

    stop animal circuses now????

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