Photos: ‘Wild Animals’ Descend on Parliament to Demand that Cameron Stop Clowning Around

For Immediate Release:

16 September 2015


Sascha Camilli +44 (0) 20 7837 6327, ext 235; [email protected]


PETA’s ‘Lions,’ ‘Tigers’ and ‘Elephants’ Want PM to End Cruel Circus Acts

London – Dressed as lions, tigers, elephants and other wild animals, PETA supporters descended on Parliament today to demand an end to beating, whipping, caging, chaining and otherwise using and abusing wild animals in circuses. The protesters – armed with posters depicting Prime Minister David Cameron as a clown next to the words “Cameron: Stop Clowning Around!” – called on the PM to make the circus ban a priority and put forward a bill on behalf of the ruling government.

Photos of the protest are available here, here, here and here.

“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 now by making good on the promise”, says PETA Director Mimi Bekhechi. “While this government procrastinates, countries around the world – from the Netherlands to Iran – have brought in bans to end the suffering of animals in circuses. Britain must act now.”

As reported by PETA – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to use for entertainment” – circus handlers 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 threatened into performing, they’re usually shackled in chains or locked away inside cramped cages.

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