"It concerns me that circus animals have to travel
continuously around the country and spend so much time in cages.
They spend very little or no time in a more natural environment.
I would like to see this change."
Vanessa Amorosi: singer
“I find it extremely sad that animals are living
out their lives in environments so out of keeping with their instincts.”
Andre Malan: journalist, West Australian
"But for the use of physical punishment by, and fear
of their oppressors, animals would never be a part of a circus."
Richard Pryor, actor
“We will never have animals in our shows. They are
animals not performers, they should be in the jungle.”
Pierre Parisien: Cirque du Soleil
"Don't go to them, do not go to
movies in which there are animals, because if you do, you are subsidizing
"You cannot accept that .... When you see animals
in pictures, you are putting them at risk."
Bob Barker, veteran star of The Price is Right (USA).
"I vehemently support the banning of exotic animals
in circuses. It not only demeans the aminals, but also the people
who make them perform."
Councillor Max Kay, AM CitWA
City of Perth
"There are currently three tragic situations threatening
elephants: loss of habitat, poaching for ivory, and circuses. We
are helping the elephants closest to home, who spend most of their
lives not in family groups, but shackled in chains. The elephants
who are hauled across the country in trailers for up to 50 weeks
a year and abusively trained with beatings from the bullhook and
via electric shock to make them perform what can only be, for them,
distressing and uncomfortable, even painful, tricks."
Rue McClanahan, actress (The Golden Girls)
“When children see animals in a circus, they learn
that animals exist for our amusement. Quite apart from the cruelty
involved in training and confining these animals, the whole idea
that we should enjoy the humiliating spectacle of an elephant or
lion made to perform circus tricks shows a lack of respect for the
animals as individuals”
Peter Singer: Aust Author/Philosopher, Professor of Bioethics
at Princeton University, USA author of Practical Ethics, Rethinking
Life and Death, Animal Liberation and his latest One World The Ethics
of Globalisation amongst others
“I think that they (circuses) should be boycotted”
Daniel Johns: Silverchair
"Performing animals in circuses? Is this in 2003 or
some bygone age? Sadly, it is the former. It is beyond belief that
in our so-called enlightened society animals are still incarcerated
in cages and travelling wagons, chained, trundled around the country
and forced to perform inane tricks in the name of entertainment.
Perhaps the bright lights blind the spectators to the
truth of what they are watching. India has banned tigers, lions,
leopards, bears and monkeys from the circus ring. A wonderful start.
Shame on all those circus owners who don't follow their lead. Those
of you who have seen the 'Cirque du Soleil' will know what the circus
should really be about. Exciting, colourful, fun, dramatic and not
an animal in sight."
Virginia McKenna: actress, Born Free Foundation
"There's always the wild animal in them”
Jan Lennon, Lennons Circus.
"I think that now that we are seeing multimedia types
of productions with videos and pictures and human beings performing
the acts that animals used to perform, such as in Cirque du Soleil
and other traveling troops, there is no need to parade animals around
anymore in cages for personal gratification."
Montel Williams, New York Television host, author, actor and activist
“I can see no justification for animals in circuses”
Senator Andrew Bartlett: Upper house Federal Parliament
"With wild cats, your mind must be right there. Their
killing instinct is still there and if there is a chance for attack
Frank Gasser, Circus Royale.
"When I look at animals held captive by circuses,
I think of slavery. Animals in circuses represent the domination
and oppression we have fought against for so long. They wear the
same chains and shackles."
Dick Gregory, 60's comedian, vegetarian, Civil Rights activist
"To keep an animal in a cage or enclosure for our
pleasure is just totally wrong-outdated and cruel…a thing
of the past and not a thing of the future.”
Josef Brown: leading Australian dancer
"These are wild animals - it's risky working with
Cheryl Lennon, Lennons Circus