Bill to ban animals in circuses in NSW
The Hon Mark Pearson, Animal Justice Party, has introduced a bill to ban animals in circuses into the NSW parliament. The bill to ban animals in circuses will seek to amend the Exhibited Animals Protection Act 1986 to prohibit the exhibition of specified animals in connection with a circus, amusement park, fair or similar place of entertainment, and would set a benchmark for the rest of the country.
In NSW, several local councils’ have banned animal circuses from performing on council land however, this does not prevent circus operators from setting up on private land, a loophole Stardust is currently exploiting. The Animal Justice Party’s bill will establish a state-wide ban, enshrined in legislation.
The Hon. Mark Pearson, MLC: “If passed, this bill will set the benchmark for the rest of the country. We know that across the border in the ACT lions and bears and giraffes can’t be used in circuses. But we think NSW should go further and ban other animals from being subjected to a life of demeaning circus tricks and being carted around the State in tiny cages.”
Help make animals in circuses history!
Stardust is one of the last two remaining animal circuses and they currently hold in captivity African lions, horses, pigs, goats and monkeys. These animals are forced to undergo a lifetime of travelling in small cages and endure repeated changes in environments. They are required to ‘perform’ unnatural tricks through which their uniqueness and individuality is robbed of them, all in the name of making a quick buck.
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