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Circuses

Last updated 21 October 2017

Lions and monkeys are common exotic animals who feature in animal circuses alongside domestic animals. They are routinely subjected to months on the road confined in small, barren cages as the circus travels from state to state in Australia. The enclosures they live in deny them every opportunity to express their natural behaviours. During the circus performance animals are forced to perform unnatural acts such as bicycle riding for the 'amusement' of the audience. In order to make the animals do such unusual things they are known to be subject to training techniques often based on fear and punishment as revealed by numerous undercover investigations.


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