Members of the public have been urged to vote with their feet, and give a circus using performing wild animals a miss in Porthcawl this week.

The circus is taking place between 10 May and 14 May in the town, and the charity believes a low turnout at the event is important to further highlight the public’s lack of support.

RSPCA Cymru is campaigning for an outright ban on the use of wild animals in circuses – a practice they describe as “out-dated and cruel”.

A petition calling for an outright ban is approaching 9,000 signatories in Wales. Polling suggests 74 percent of the public in Wales support a ban on wild animals performing in circuses*.

The complex needs of wild animals can never be adequately met in a circus environment. Regular transport, cramped and bare accommodation, forced training and performance are all unavoidable realities for the animals.

Martin Fidler Jones, RSPCA campaigns manager, said:

“It’s astonishing that – in 2017 – circuses containing performing wild animals are still coming to Wales. Sadly, this week, it is Porthcawl’s turn to be subject to such an appalling event, in the name of entertainment.

“Put simply – wild animals do not belong in the circus. The practice is out-dated and cruel. The transient nature of these shows means acceptable standards of welfare cannot be achieved for the animals involved.

“We’re urging the local and wider community to give this event a miss; voting with their feet against this practice.

“Our petition calling for an outright ban on this practice has had a tremendous level of support – and we urge the public to continue to work with us, campaign and consign wild animals in circuses to the history books.”

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