Video Footage Shows Squalid Conditions at One of the UK’s Last Wild-Animal Circuses

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Only a handful of circuses in the UK still use wild animals – after all, the British public have repeatedly made it clear that they don’t enjoy seeing terrified animals performing absurd tricks.

Peter Jolly’s Circus is one of them. This archaic company forces zebras, camels, goats, llamas, ponies and other animals to perform in shows around the country. When they’re not on the road, the animals are kept locked up in shabby, extremely crowded winter quarters in Shropshire for four to five months a year.

Animal Defenders International (ADI) went to document these quarters on four separate occasions and see how the animals were treated. This depressing video shows what they found:

According to ADI, their investigation uncovered numerous distressing instances of cruelty, such as:

  • A camel named Kashmir and an ankole (who died a few months later) were tethered for at least 16 hours a day and unable to turn around properly.
  • Zebras Watsui and Sumba were confined to a tiny pen that was less than half the minimum size required by Defra’s animal-welfare regulations.
  • Two goats were confined to a tiny concrete cell measuring just 2.6 square metres.
  • Witnesses filmed Kashmir the camel being intimidated, taunted and spat at by a worker while he was tied up and unable to escape.
  • Eighteen horses, ponies and donkeys were kept in a crowded enclosure so that they couldn’t lie down properly, biting and kicking each other as they fought for space and their tethers became tangled.
  • On one occasion, animals were kept locked up inside for 40 hours straight.

When a journalist contacted the circus for a comment, they were told, “If it’s anything to do with animal rights, we’re not interested”.

Of course, these animals’ lives are just as miserable when they’re being carted around from performance to performance. Veterinary experts agree that wild animals’ needs can never be met in a circus environment, and this latest evidence just confirms that the government’s licensing system, which is supposed to safeguard circus animals’ welfare, is not working.

Animals don’t belong in circuses, and the only way to end their suffering is to ban wild-animal circuses outright, as many other countries have already done.

Please ask the Prime Minister to keep his promise to ban wild-animal circuses in England and Wales now!

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Comments

  • Ana commented on May 12, 2016 at 3:58 pm

    Barbaric, animals are no things!

  • Abi Bailey commented on May 12, 2016 at 4:07 pm

    This should be illegal in every part of the world. Animals are not our entertainment. This is beyond cruel.

  • Julie Gilbert commented on May 12, 2016 at 4:43 pm

    All circuses should be banned but particularly this one

  • Teresa commented on May 12, 2016 at 5:31 pm

    Please if u have any respect or heart please please stop this cruelty of animals.

  • Audrey Meyer commented on May 12, 2016 at 5:32 pm

    Leave the animals alone you clowns

  • Stephen thomas commented on May 12, 2016 at 5:44 pm

    Stop this now please

  • Vanessa percival commented on May 12, 2016 at 5:55 pm

    This is appalling animals are such beautiful things this should be banned world wide makes me so angry! People must be really sick in the head to think it’s normal an ok to treat animals like they are nothing! Well they are they are beautiful creatures

  • Alex Gravelle commented on May 12, 2016 at 6:05 pm

    No longer should wild animals be kept for people’s entertainment. It’s time we moved on as a society, and treated these intelligent creatures with the dignity and respect which they deserve.

  • Alex Gravelle commented on May 12, 2016 at 6:15 pm

    No longer should animals be kept for people’s entertainment. It’s time we moved on as a society and started treating these intelligent creatures with the dignity and respect which they deserve.

  • Sanjyana Rughoobur commented on May 12, 2016 at 7:31 pm

    These people can play in their circus themselves. I’ll be the first one to come and watch at PEOPLE WHO GOD HAS UNFORTUNATELY FORGOTTEN TO GIVE HEARTS AND FEELINGS. Such a pity….

  • Julie Woodward commented on May 12, 2016 at 7:39 pm

    Appalled,angry & very upset.

  • Elaine Sams commented on May 12, 2016 at 8:09 pm

    Disgusting and Disgraceful to see, hope something has been done about this – STOP ALL CIRCUS’S PERFORMING WITH ANIMALS

  • Sheila Sibbons commented on May 12, 2016 at 8:15 pm

    Disgusting that you profit from your animals misery. Shame on you

  • Katja Lloyd commented on May 12, 2016 at 8:19 pm

    This is disgusting, it’s 2016 for crying out loud !!

  • Stephanie Swiegers commented on May 12, 2016 at 8:25 pm

    I wish we could just shut them down emediatly

  • Peter Tucker commented on May 12, 2016 at 9:29 pm

    Peter Jolly’s circus is not jolly for animals: they are kept in poor cramped and illegal conditions, locked up for inhumane stretches of time, all for the sake of turning a profit for Jolly’s employees. It’s an absolute disgrace: animal circuses have no place whatsoever in civilised society.

  • Mrs Kate Reynolds-Haigh commented on May 12, 2016 at 10:19 pm

    Time’s up!

  • laura temp commented on May 12, 2016 at 10:52 pm

    Stop the torture!! No more animals in circuses!!

  • Kimberly commented on May 12, 2016 at 11:12 pm

    So sad! This has got to stop

  • Paul Ridler commented on May 12, 2016 at 11:35 pm

    Please stop this!

  • Barbara Spencer commented on May 12, 2016 at 11:40 pm

    In the 21st century we should know better than to exploit any animal in this inhumane way. Stop this dreadful treatment now before more animals suffer needlessly.

  • Annie rollings commented on May 13, 2016 at 6:37 am

    IT should be banned. It’s cruel and outdated

  • Tracy Ryan commented on May 13, 2016 at 8:00 am

    It is long passed a time when this barbaric entertainment should have been stopped.

  • Ann Graves commented on May 13, 2016 at 9:05 am

    That is disgraceful by the staff of the circus. Animals should not be left like that. All circuses now that have animals should be shut down.

  • Rory Savin commented on May 13, 2016 at 10:56 am

    This treatment of animals belongs in the middle-ages. Animals should be treated with the respect and dignity not displayed by the entertainment industry. I am disgusted.

  • Rosalind Carter commented on May 13, 2016 at 11:37 am

    Disgusting!!!!!!

  • Manika Khosla commented on May 13, 2016 at 2:43 pm

    Please end the cruel practice of circuses world wide! Animals should not be imprisoned for cruel ‘entertainment’! Please stop the Torture and cruelty towards these animals in circuses and outlaw this industry! Rehabilitate all these animals with the love, care and nurture that they deserve! Inshallah!

  • Br. Bede Christopher Falconer., CoS., SCL commented on May 20, 2016 at 4:20 pm

    It’s all very well asking for donations but what action, if any was taken by the local council,who presumably licence the appalling quarters. Did any one ask if council officials took backhanders so as not to act on these deplorable conditions? What has actually happened to those who kept the animals in such illegal conditions. Don’t just use their suffering to raise funds, ask the authorities why it was/is it allowed to continue!

  • Jan Jarvis commented on May 20, 2016 at 10:38 pm

    Disgusting and very distressing. Jolly is definitely misnamed, ghastly individual.I hope these animals can all be rescued and he will be banned from running a circus ever again.

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