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Circuses under attack
Posted 10 June 2008
Once again the so-called Great British Circus met with passionate and articulate opposition to its cruel use of animals when it visited Animal Aid's home town of Tonbridge, Kent from June 4th to 8th.
On both Thursday and Friday a group of Animal Aid staff and local residents picketed the entrance and handed out leaflets to customers. The animal defenders included a large number of young people. Local press and radio both covered the protest sympathetically.
And that week's Daily Mail ran a powerful and detailed attack on animal circuses that prominently featured the Great British Circus. It also set out how the government – having promised to ban wild animals from British circuses – is shaping up to perform a major U-turn.