Activists against circus animals

2018-06-20 06:01
Activists with signs of protest against the McLaren Circus being held at the Voortrekker Sportfield. PHOTO: Rekash Sinanin- Studio Unlimited

Activists with signs of protest against the McLaren Circus being held at the Voortrekker Sportfield. PHOTO: Rekash Sinanin- Studio Unlimited

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AROUND 20 volunteers from Ban Animal Trading, a national animal rights advocacy group, marched to and outside the Voortrekker Sportfield on Saturday protesting the visiting circus’s use of animals.

One volunteer, Tara Aberdeen, said that they were pleased to see that some of their work had resulted in a change, stating some families had turned away after seeing them demonstrate outside the circus and after being informed by them.

“We even had a family ask us to tell their daughters why we were doing what we were doing and why we were there,” said Aberdeen.

Aberdeen said they would not stop there and that they had planned to follow the circus wherever it was being held in the province.

“We do not have anything against Mclaren and if he had a human cast we would support the circus, but the use of animals is animal abuse and many countries have banned this. We want South Africa to do so as well,” said Aberdeen.

Owner of the circus David McLaren has since said that the negative publicity he has been receiving due to the protesting action has not hindered spectators and said that several shows have sold out.

“We are being well supported and we are within the law here.

“None of our animals are ill-treated and just because we confine them does not mean the animals are being treated badly,” said McLaren.

McLaren said that even with the protest action, since coming to Pietermaritzburg, business has improved.

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