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Individual and group opposition sparks Parliamentary debate
Following the success of the campaign to reinstate the ban on exotic animals in circuses in Sydney's Ku-ring gai, Animals Asia, RSPCA NSW and Animals Australia put together a petition calling to expand the ban across NSW. This petition is being presented to NSW MPs, along with a letter of support from these three leading animal welfare organisations.
For more information download the Press Release here.
What you can do Thank you to the 10,000+ plus animal lovers in NSW who recently signed our joint petition to ban circuses with exotic animal performances in NSW. Now more than ever, these exotic animals who are forced to perform unnecessary tricks for "entertainment", need your help.
Lord Mayor of Sydney and Independent MP Clover Moore is presenting our petition to the NSW State Parliament on Tuesday 6 September, which will then be debated by Parliament on Wednesday 14 September. In the lead up to the debate we urgently need you, your family and friends to contact your local state MPs to ask them to support a ban on circuses with exotic animal performances in NSW.
Please find below some sample text you can use when writing or emailing your local state MP. Please consider putting your thoughts into your own words as this can have much more of an effect.
Dear [MP Name]
As a resident and voter within NSW I call on you to support a state-wide ban on circuses that unnecessarily use exotic animals to perform tricks for 'entertainment'.
Performing circus animals, such as lions, tigers and monkeys, are kept for prolonged periods in close confinement, in artificial social groups; they are continually being transported between circus venues for the duration of their performing lives and are often subjected to cruel training techniques - all for the purpose of entertainment. Scientific studies have shown that the life of a circus animal leads to stress and boredom, and often results in abnormal behaviours such as repetitive pacing or swaying.
In 2009 a review of the suitability of wild animals to live in a travelling circus was published in the journal Animal Welfare (Iossa G, Soulsbury CD Harris S. (2009) Are wild animals suited to a travelling circus life? Animal Welfare 18: 129-140). This review found that for non-domesticated (exotic) animals to be suitable for circus life, circus animals would need to exhibit low space requirements, simple social structures, low cognitive function, non-specialist ecological requirements and an ability to be transported without adverse welfare effects. None of the commonest species exhibited by circuses, such as elephants and lions, currently meet these essential animal welfare criteria.
In addition, the use of exotic animals in circuses offers absolutely no value in terms of conservation, nor serves any educational purpose; especially in relation to educating children and the general public about the proper way to treat and respect animals.
I ask you to support a ban on circuses with exotic animal performances in New South Wales and look forward to hearing of your support in a reply to this correspondence. Regards