Animals in Circuses Position Statement


Sentient joins the RSPCA Australia, Animals Australia, and Animals Asia in calling for a ban on the use of wild animals in Circuses.


The use of wild animals in such contexts is fraught with inherent welfare risks. Artificial and prolonged confinement, unnatural and inappropriate diets, strict training regimes, regular transport, and contrived social interactions leads to permanent physical and psychological injury. This can be exampled in common learned behaviours such as wind sucking, swaying and pacing.


In an ethically and technologically advanced society we must expect that such animals be given the freedom to express natural behaviour, and have their social and physical needs met in more natural environments than are afforded in circuses.