For many people, going to the circus is a family-friendly outing that leaves them with a feeling of awe at all the amazing tricks that the performers can do. Sadly, these performers often include wild animals that have no business being part of circus. In order to learn and perform tricks, they are taken from their mothers at a young age, mentally and physically traumatized, and forced to spend long periods of time in a small cage.

This cruel and stressful environment inevitably takes a toll on the animals’ mental wellbeing. Most suffer from zoochosis, depression, and the constant fear of getting harmed by their trainers. Some also snap under the pressure. A few months ago, a lynx at a Russian circus clawed its trainer’s chest after he pulled the leash too hard.  At circus in Ukraine, a lion attacked his trainer. Animals have also been recorded harming themselves in response to the extreme stress that they are under.

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Fortunately, animal activists all around the world have been working to ban circuses in their respective locations. Many countries have set bans on the kinds of animals that are allowed to be part of circuses and many have banned the use of animals in circuses altogether. Just this year, a cruel dolphin circus in Indonesia closed and Wales banned the use of wild animals in circuses. Sadly, there are still many places that allow this cruel form of exploitation. That’s why we are asking Australia, a massive country with some of the richest biodiversity in the world, to stand up for animals and pass a federal ban on the presence of exotic animals in circuses. Sign this petition to demand that Australia pass a federal ban on the use of exotic animals in circuses!

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