Zippos Circus are currently at Hampstead Heath and are one of the last remaining circuses to still be using animals in the UK.
They will be there today until Tuesday with shows in the day time and evening. We are asking people to take action against them, make a poster or take some leaflets and talk to people attending the shows about the cruel reality of animals in circuses. I will be there tonight at 7pm if anyone wants to join me. We also have an online action for anyone who can’t attend in person which is to contact Camden Council and ask that they put a ban on circuses that use animals. Please see event on our pages ‘Surge’ and 'London Vegan Actions’ for more info
Zippos misled the press claiming that respected animal protection group Animal Defenders International (ADI) had backed there transport and training regimes. ADI have never backed the circus and indeed ADI were quite clear about there stance on the show stating “Zippos clearly just want to wring every penny of profit they can out of their animals, before casting them aside.” Given this poor record for accuracy all claims relating to animal welfare standards made by Zippos should be disregarded.
Zippos employed a man who defended infamous abuse at Chipperfield’s circus in court. After watching footage of the thrashing and kicking of a baby chimpanzee he was asked “See anything which would constitute cruelty?” he replied unequivocally “No”. Asked if he would do the same he said “Yes”! (From ADI)Zippos Circus have been exposed by Animal Defenders International, for keeping their horses in trailers without exercise for hours on end. (From ADI)‘The way that young girl brandished the whip was obviously scary to the horses’ ‘When the man raised his hand the budgies flinched. Every time!’ – Audience Members, 2009 Performance. (From SARC)
Whether it be the long journeys, brutal training regimes or constant confinement, animals have no place in the circus. Please join us in taking a stand against animal cruelty and tell everyone to boycott circuses that use animals! ✌❤