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Tuesday 1st April 2014

Animal Circus Campaigns

1st April 2014



RSPCA circus flierDetails for circuses with captive animals, compiled by Veggies Animal Rights Calendar, to support polite and peaceful protest:

22 March 2012: Veteran circus impresario Gerry Cottle, a former leading advocate of wild animal acts in the Big Top, is backing the Government's new ban on the practice. Ringmaster defends use of animals as Great British Circus visits Skegness

On 31st May 2011, Animal Aid joined forces with nine other animal protection organisations to call on the Prime Minister to ban the use of wild animals in circuses. In recent weeks, Defra announced that it cannot introduce such a ban because of a lawsuit taking place in Austria. However, there is no such lawsuit and Defra had to admit a 'mistake'. more...

April 3,2011: Sunday Express reports Wild animals will be banned from Britain’s circuses under new Government plans ... The Independent, 26th March.

However on 6th May 2011, The Independent reports : "Downing Street has blocked plans by ministers to ban lions, tigers and other wild animals from performing in circuses, according to animal welfare groups."

In May 2011 it was reported that there were 39 wild animals (including tigers, lions, camels, zebras and crocodiles) being used in UK circuses. There are also 'domestic' animals, including cats, horses and dogs who also endure captivity, training and touring. Harvey Locke, President of the British Veterinary Association, says "These shows can never meet creatures' needs". The Independent, Monday, 16 May 2011.

The Stop Circus Suffering UK (ADI) facebook group asks you to ask your MP to sign EDM 403. It is important that the public continue to show their position on the use of animals in travelling circuses.

directory logoFind groups campaigning in your area via Veggies Networking Directory.

This campaign video is based on CAPS investigations of UK circuses in 2009

Factsheets available in print
Also watch the full-length video of Stop Circus Suffering – UK

Contact the Animal Rights Calendar to provide details of animal circus tour dates, venues, proposed demos or press reports and the Captive Animals Protection Society, from whom you can order leaflets and posters for demos or for distribution on stalls, or for local shop keepers to display in place of circus publicity.

If you are available to leaflet during the circus touring season, or if you learn of a circus touring near you, also contact Animal Defenders International.

See the CAPS guide to planning a protest, which includes valuable advice on dealing with flyposted circus posters, and circus campaign resources from Nottm AR. Southend Animal Aid have produced a notice for shops to display stating policy not to display animal circus publicity (word doc).

Visit an animal-free circus

The good news is that there are many more all-human circuses than animal ones and they travel the country so look out for them in your area. See the Animal Free Circus list from CAPS.
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Animal Rights Calendar.

Find group contacts in Veggies Directory

Provisional Circus Dates

Many circus tours follow the same circuit each season but, where 2012 dates are not yet known the dates from 2011 are shown to give an indication of possible locations. You might like to contact these potential venues to politely ask them not to host animal circuses again.

This information is compiled by volunteers, as we make no profit from animal abuse, or by campaigning against it. We apologise for any errors or delays in updating the details.

Check for venues in your area and adapt this Sample Letter to get the circus canceled:

Dear Sir/Madam,

It has come to my attention that you allow an animal circus to hold performances on your land. Many council have adopted a ban on animal circuses, so your support for this continuing cruelty is horrendous.

Not only are you ignoring the issue of animal welfare - and rights - but you are obviously out of touch with the general feelings of people in society on this matter.

Animal circuses are inherently cruel and should be a thing of the past. These animals, who should be free in their natural habitats, spend 22hours a day locked in cages in the back of trailers. They are forced to perform unnatural tricks, which can cause severe pain and permanent joint damage, just for the entertainment of a few people. You cannot make an animal do that with kindness - evidence shows that they are beaten into submission and only perform through fear (no matter what circus owners may tell you!).

I urge you to cancel the cruel circus, and to include an animal circus ban in your company policies. Otherwise I will be forced to boycott your premises, and encourage my friends and family to spend their money elsewhere too.

Thank you for your time, I look forward to your reply.

Yours Sincerely,

Apassionata (German horse circus)

Last toured UK in 2006

Bobby Roberts Circus

Elephant, camel [ref], horses, dogs.

26th March 2011: Anne's agony: Battered, kicked and stabbed, the desperate plight of Britain's last circus elephant.


25th March 2011 : MailOnline: Anne's agony: Battered, kicked and stabbed, the desperate plight of Britain's last circus elephant.

30th March 2011 : Northants Chronicle: Annie the elephant to say goodbye to circus.
4 April 2011 : BBC: Abused circus elephant Anne moved to Longleat
5 April 2011 : MailOnline: Anne's retirement begins as campaign to build haven for circus animals is launched

23 May: Monty the camel released from Bobby Roberts circus.

Anne elephantBecause of the large number of complaints Captive Animals' Protection Society receive about this circus (particularly about the horses - despite what may have been said in parliament and the media recently, domesticated animals - not just wild animals - do suffer in circuses!) and the number of people who come out of the circus upset, CAPS has produced a 'public complaint slip' that can be given to people who come out of the circus and say how upset they are. So if you're holding demos at any circus please contact CAPS for a copy of the slip. Preferably get people to fill the info in straight away and give it to you at the demo, or ask them to send the info direct to CAPS.

A visitor to the circus comments:
"Domestic animals are one thing but wild animals are another, I was horrified to see a camel and an elephant. The worst part of the whole ordeal was during the interval when they brought out the "retired" elephant to let people pay £5 each to have their picture taken with it. Shockingly enough numerous people took them up on this offer."
Bedford Demo Placard

- 2012 -

March 2012
22nd - 25th: Lincoln Showground (LN2 2NA). Demos held by Nottm AR & Lincoln campaigners.
29th - 1st April: DRIFFIELD Showground, Kelleythorpe YO25 9DN

April 2012
18 - 22: Redcar Racecourse, Off West Dyke Road, TS10 2BY
25 - 29: Circus Site, Wheathall Farm, Mill Lane, Whitburn, SR6 7EU. Join Newcastle AR protest

May 2012
1 - 7: Willington, Circus Site, Car Boot Site. A690 Durham to Crook Road, DL15 0TP
7 - 13: Sedgefield Racecourse, Racecourse Road, Sedgefield, Stockton-on-Tees, TS21 2HW. Newcastle AR protests.
16 - 20: Blaydon Rugby Football Club (0191 420 0505), Hexham Road, Swalwell, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE16 3BN. 2011 demo report. Newcastle AR protests.
30 - 6 June: Asda Carpark, Pittman Way, Fulwood, Preston. Daily demos planned by Preston AR but booking cancelled as reported by M.A.P.

June 2012
6 - 10: EDINBURGH, West Car Park, Royal Highland Centre, Ingliston, EH28 8NB. Protests planned.

August 2012
22 - 27: Kendal / Helsington - Circus Site, Grate Farm, A591, LA8 8AA

September 2012
26 - 30: Sandbach Circus Site, Elm Tree Farm, London Road, Elworth CW11 3BF Protest expected at circus in Sandbach

- 2011 -

The following venues were visited last season. You may wish to contact venues to check that they no longer support cruel circuses. Many venues were canceled during 2011 after details of two month's venues were released on Indymedia

March 2011
24 - 27: Circus Site, Leamington Road, Kenilworth - A46/A452 Thickthorn Roundabout
30 - 3 April: The Heath, Manchester Road, Knutsford, Cheshire WA16 0LY

April 2011
6 - 10: Daily demos at the Circus Site, Nr Greyhound Roundabout (A580) Glazebury, Leigh, Wigan WN7 3XQ
19 -25: Circus Site - Spital Farm, Straxton Roundabout A64, Scarborough

May 2011
18 - 22: Blaydon Rugby Football Club (0191 420 0505), Hexham Road, Swalwell, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE16 3BN. 2011 demo report on Indymedia

June 2011
1 - 5: Racecourse - High Gosforth Park Racecourse, Newcastle. NewcastleAR noise demonstration 1pm-5pm Saturday 4th June 7 - 8: Shielfield Park, Berwick upon Tweed, TD15 2EF
10 - 12: Royal Highland Centre, Ingliston West Car Park, Edinburgh EH28 8NB

July 2011
9 - 13: Cardross, Westerhill Farm, Cardross Road, G62 5EW
15 - 17: Largs, North Ayrshire

September 2011
1 - 4: Warren Farm Equestrian Centre, Southport Old Road, Formby, Liverpool L37 0AN. Demo held on 3rd.
8 - 11: Neston, Circus Site, Chester High Road / Corner of Raby Park Road CH64 7TT - demo details
13 - 18: Chorley, Lancashire

Meanwhile ... Great Yorkshire Showground cancelled. Contact other potential venues below to pre-empt future bookings.

- 2010 -

April 2010
8 - 18: Manchester, Belle Vue Stadium, Kirkmanshulme Lane, Gorton, M18 7BA
21 - 25: Skipton Auction Mart, Gargrave Road North Yorkshire BD23 1UD
29 - 9 May: Marina Off Maritime Avenue, Hartlepool, TS24 0XS

June 2010
2 – 6: The Public Park, Galashiels, TD1 3BS
15 - 20: St Johnstone Football Club, MacDiarmid Park, Crieff Road, Perth PH1 2SJ
29 - 4 July:Agriculture Showground, Park Farm, Dumfries, DG2 7LU

August 2010
17 - 30: Rossall Road, Cleveleys Fleetwood, Lancashire FY5 2AT

September 2010
8 - 12: New Hill Farm, Manchester Road, Walkden, Malchester M28 3NL
15 - 19: Four Lane Ends, Bickerstaffe, Skelmersdale, Ormskirk, Lancashire L39 0EZ

- 2009 -

These venues may have been dropped, or we have not been informed of repeat visits. You may wish to contact them to confirm that they no longer support cruel circuses. Feedback welcome.

March 2009
24 - 29: Wolverhampton Racecourse, WV6 0PE

April 2009
15 - 19: RUFC The Standeven Memorial Ground, Ovenden Park, Halifax HX2 8AR
22 - 26: Redcar Racecourse, Thrush Rd, Redcar, Cleveland TS10 2BY. Contact Redcar Racecourse.

May 2009
6 - 10: Car Boot Site, Opposite Batleys (A693) Chester-Le-Street DH2 1BL
27 - 28: Car Boot Site, Earsdon Road, Monkseaton WHITLEY BAY
30 – 31: Little Shore, Harbour Road, Amble NE65 0AP

June 2009
9 – 14: The Royal Highland Centre (West Car Park), Edinburgh/Ingliston EH28 2NB
24 - 5 July: West of Scotland Football Club, Milngavie

July 2009
14 - 19: Kilmarnock - Scott Ellis Playing Fields

August 2009
7 – 16: Agriculture Showground, Park Farm, Dumfries, DG2 7LU
19 - 23: Spital Farm, Appleby Road, Kendal, LA9 6PJ
25 - 31: Aug Circus Site, Rossal Road Opp Rossall School, Cleveleys FY5 2AT

October 2009
7 - 11: Circus Site Brownhills Rd, Opposite Aldi, Tunstall, Stoke on Trent ST6 4JU
13 - 18: Nottingham, Japanese Water Gardens NG9 7JA.
28 - 1st Nov: Hitchin Circus Site, Butts Close SG5 1HA. 2008 Protest report from Bedford Animal Action

- 2008 -

March 2008
Easter: Northampton - Midsommer Meadow. Bedford Animal Action Protest report
26 - 30: The Racecourse, Brampton, Huntingdon, PE28 4NL. Bedford Animal Action

29 - 5 May: Bexleyheath - Danson Park.
23 - 27: Rochford: Southend Road, B1013 Near Airport, SS4 1HU

May 2008
7 - 11: CLAPTON, Mill Fields Park, Lea Bridge Road, London E5 0AR -
13 - 18: STOKE NEWINGTON - Clissold Park, Green Lanes, London N16 9HJ. Please contact 07528 627 423 or 0797 432 1084 for demo details.
22 - 26: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk.

July 2008
15 - 20: Chepstow Racecourse NP16 6BE
23 - 2 Aug: Circus Field, A4042 Croesyceilog, Cwmbran

August 2008
9 - 30: Towyn near Rhyl, North Wales. Protest Report at Indymedia

October 2008
21 - 26: Trinity Park, Felixstowe Road, Ipswich, IP3 8UH
29 - 2 Nov: , Norfolk Showground, Dereham Road, Norwich, NR5 0TT

- 2007 -
Scotland on Sunday discussion

mondao graphic

Circus Mondao

zebras, llamas, camels, horses, reindeer, ponies and dogs [ref], (possibly/previously pygmy goats, donkey, appaloosa stallions, ferrets, rabbits).

2/4/09 Norwich Evening News Circus owner charged with assault

7/3/11 This Is Lincolnshire: Animal charity urges public to boycott circus performing in Swineshead

Parody of Mondao graphic for satirical purposes

- 2013 -

February 2013
13 - 17: Baytree Garden Centre, High St, Spalding, Lincs PE12 6JU. Campaign details
19 – 3 March: Knights Hill Farm Shop, A148/A149 Roundabout, Kings Lynn PE30 3HQ

March 2013
6 - 10: The Junction A16, Wash Road, Kirton PE20 1QJ
13 - 17: White Horse Pub, A444, Stanton, Nr Swadlincote
18 - 24: Watling High Street, A5 Roundabout, Hinckley LE10 3ED

May 2013
14 - 20: Wenvoe near Barry in Wales
21 - 27: Neath Road, Tonna on B4434, SA11 5BZ

- 2012 -

February 2012
21 - 4 March: Kings Lynn - Knights Hill Farm Shop, A148/ a149 roundabout PE30 PHQ

March 2012
4 - 11: Boston - Swineshead, Bicker Bar Roundabout, A17/A52, Boston, Lincolnshire, PE20 3JR. Press report.
14 - 18: Burton-on-Trent - The White Horse Pub, Stanton, Derbyshire A444, DE15 9TJ. Derby Animal Rights Demos
21 - 25: Hinckley - A5 Roundabout, Leicestershire, LE10 3ED
28 - 1 Apr: Malvern, Worcestershire, WR13 6NW. Daily demos announced: Indymedia . Worcester News 28th March: Circus is in town – but not everyone’s pleased (ballot)

April 2012
3 - 9: Monmouth Showground, NP25 4LG.
18 - 22: Hereford Racecourse, HR4 9QU. Hereford Keckler report: Circus Mondao Clueless and Cruel.
24 - 29: Shrewsbury Showground, Berwick Road, SY1 2PF. For campaign details email

May 2012
1 - 4: Uttoxeter racecourse Staffordshire ST17 7JQ
6 - 7: Chesterfield - Bakewell Showground, DE45 1AH
9 - 13: Macclesfield - Bollington Road, SK10 5EJ. Campaign details. Macclesfield Express reports: Animal rights protest outside Circus Mondao in Bollington

June 2012
6 - 10: Wigan - Golborne Road, Ashton in Makerfield, WN4 8XP Campaign details
12 - 17: High Bank Farm, Walshall Road, Bury, Lancs BL8 3AS. Demo report by Manchester Animal Action
27 - 1: Leaventhorpe Hall, Thornton Road, Lancashire, BD13 3BD

August 2012
19 - 27: Norcross Lane / Fleetwood Road South (just off A585), Thornton/Cleveleys, Lancashire FY5 5NR

September 2012
18 - 30: Leeds/Wakefield Thorpe Lane, A650, Tingley, WF3 2RH


The following venues were visited last season. You may wish to contact venues to check that they no longer support cruel circuses.

February 2011
18 - 27: Baytree Garden Centre, A151, Spalding, Lincolnshire, PE12 6JU

March 2011
1 - 13: Kings Lynn, PE30 3HQ
23 - 27: Thurnscoe, Rotherham, South Yorkshire, S63 9AT
30 - April 3: Crofton (near Lewisham?)

May 2011
18 - 22: Shrewsbury Road, Market Drayton, TF9 3SQ

June 2011
1 - 5: Moat Farm, Newtown Road, (A483/A490) Welshpool SY1 8SE

July 2011
30 - 4 July: Yew Tree Farm, J19 M62,
Heywood / Middleton, M24 6XJ

September 2011
6 - 11: A56/B6383 Junction, Nr Barnoldswick, Kelbrook, BB18 6TG

circus mondao press report--------
- 2010 -

March 2010

30 - 11 April: Pool-in-Wharfedale near Otley, W.Yorkshire

April 2010
Approx 15th: Queensbury, on A644 (Brighouse Road) corner of High Cross Lane, between Bradford & Halifax (approx half mile south of A644/A647 junction)
21 - 25: Milnrow, Rochdale, Lancs.
27 - 9 May: Warrington, Cheshire (Probably Moat Lane, Rixton)

May 2010
19 - 23: Bury. Leaflets & posters from Animal Defenders
25 - 6 June: Holdsworth Street/ Leeming Street, Bradford, BD1 4UG (near Forster Square Station). Demos Planned

8 - 12: Chorley, Lancashire

- 2009 -

March 2009
25 - Apr 5: Norwich Taverham Garden Centre, off A1067, Fakenham Road, Norwich NR8 6HT

MAY 2009
6 - 10: Skellingthorpe, Daisymade Ice Cream, Lincoln Rd, LN6 5SA.
13 - 17: Minors Club (they mean 'Miners Welfare'!), Kirklington Road, Rainworth, Notts, NG21 0JY). Polite calls please to the Miner's Welfare on 01623 792495.
27 – 31: Opp Chestnut Tree Pub, Barugh Green Road A635, Barnsley, S75 1LR

June 2009
17 - 21: Heywood / Middleton, Manchester, M24 6XJ

July 2009
Bolton: Activists’ anger over animals as circus rolls up in town - Bolton News readers vote 72% against circuses using performing animals.
8 - 12: Hunger Hill, Wigan Road, Bolton, B13 4RQ.

August 2009
12 – 16: Golborne Road, Ashton-in-Makerfield
17 – 31: Leisure Lakes, Mere Brow, Tarlton, PR4 6JX, 01772 813 446

- 2008 -

March 2008
26 - 30: The Showground, Junction A61, Dronfield S18 2GA

April 2008
2 - 13: Poynton, SK12 1BX
23 - 27: Bakewell Showground, DE45 1AQ
30 - 4 May: Bracken Field, Matlock Road, A615 Derbyshire DE55 6DB

July 2008
7 - 20: A165 near Lebberston, Scarborough/Filey

- 2007 -

March 2007
7th - 11th : Codnor Social Club, Goose Lane DE5 9RG (near Ripley, Derbyshire).
21st - 25th: Silverwood Miners' Club, Dalton S65 3ET
28th-1st April: Ship Inn, Steanard Lane, Mirfield WF14 8HB

April 2007
3rd - 9th: Circus Site, Leeds Road, Heckmondwick, WF16 9BJ

May 2007
9th - 13th: Hartford Golf Club, Burrows Hill, Northwich, Cheshire CW8 3AP

June 2007
13 - 17: Beech Farm, off Hough Lane, New Prestbury Road, Wilmslow, Cheshire SK9 2LH
20 - 24: Bowdon RUFC, Clay Lane, Timperley, WA15 7AF

July 2007
13 - 22: Shard Lane A588, Hambleton, Poulton-Le-Fylde, FY6 9BX

- 2006 -

April 13 - 23: opposite Compass Point Bus Park, (A1123), St Ives. Cambridge Evening News report, 11/4/06
May 10 - 14: Next to Soham Nursery, (A142), Soham, Cambs Cambridge Evening News report, 12/5/06

Continental Circus Berlin (uses horses where allowed):

Possibly last toured in 2007 & 2009

Circus Tyanna

(horses, ponies, dogs, ducks).

This is small circus started in 2008, staying around the South East. They are lobbying to "save circuses with animals". They say "Circuses started with animals and I believe that that way of life should be preserved or yet another of this country’s traditions will die" - just like bear bating, dog fighting, and slavery.

If you spot them, please contact us.

May 2012
3 - 6:Petworth Common, West Sussex

Gifford's Circus

(horses, doves, geese)

Giffords Circus, The Garden, Folly Farm, Bourton-on-the-Water, Gloucestershire GL54 3BY. Ph: 01451 820 378 / 07818 058 384; Email:

Trained seven new horses for the 2010 show. CAPS has a useful leaflet specifically about domestic animals in circuses.

In March 2012 Giffords unveiled a new wild animal act just days after Government announces plans to ban the practice.

- 2012 -

May 2012
17 - 21: Gloucester (Llanthony Priory)
24 - 28: Cheltenham (Racecourse)
31 - 6 June: Newbury (Victoria Park)

June 2012
9 - 11: Sunningwell (Village Hall Field)
14 - 18: Broadway (Kennel Field, High Street)
21 - 25: Tackley (Village Green)
28 - 2 July: Stadhampton (Village Green)

July 2012
5 - 9: To be confirmed
12- 16: Lechlade (The Trout Inn)
19 - 30: Barrington (The Fox Inn)

August 2012
2 - 6: Frampton on Severn (Village Green)
9 - 21: Minchinhampton (Common)
24 - 3 Sept:Marlborough (Common)

September 2012
6 - 16: Cirencester (Stratton Meadows)

- 2011 -

MAY 2011
27 - 6 June: HAY ON WYE - Castle Grounds

June 2011
9 - 13: CHELTENHAM - Racecourse
16 - 20: BROADWAY - Kennel Field
23 - 27: TACKLEY - Village Green
30 - 4 July: STADHAMPTON - Village Green

July 2011
7 - 11: LECHLADE - The Trout Inn
14 - 20: BARRINGTON - The Fox Inn
28 - 1 Aug: FRAMPTON-ON-SEVERN - Village Green

August 2011
4 - 16: MINCHINHAMPTON - Minchinhampton Common
19 - 30: MARLBOROUGH - Marlborough Common

September 2011
2 - 11: CIRENCESTER - Stratton Meadows

tour date listings continue in Part 2

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