defends its use of animals in shows at
travelling circus that's in Highbridge this week has defended its
use of animals in its shows following concerns from local residents.
we first reported
here, Circus Mondao is set up at the Oaktree Arena and is running
shows every day until Sunday.
traditional circus offers family fun featuring clowns, acrobats,
trapeze artists, animal rides and a special 'wheel of
death' showstopper finale.
Jackson, ring mistress for the circus, says the group is excited
to be visiting Somerset for the first time.
several local residents have questioned the use of camels, llamas
and ponies in the shows.
resident said on Burnham-On-Sea.com's Facebook page: "I thought
live animals were banned! I won't be going out of principle!"
said: "Unhappy to
read circus arriving in town with animals. The sooner the ban on
performing animals comes into force, the better."
adds: "I can't understand why the circus uses still use animals."
campaign group Animal Defenders International is encouraging local residents to stay away from the circus, claiming
the use of wild animals in performances is "an outdated practice
which is overwhelmingly opposed by the public and animal experts."
Petra Jackson has defended their use, explaining that the animals
have large enclosures, are well looked after, and are a part of
their circus family.
also been confirmed this week that Circus Mondao is fully licensed
by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA)
and receives several inspections by government vets each year to
check animal health, welfare, enclosures and safety.
Mondao says that it regularly posts videos of its animals on its
Facebook page to 'be transparent' and also to show how they are
cared for when they are not performing.
circus also encourages people to visit the stables and meet its
animals after the shows.