A ring mistress has condemned animal rights groups who have called on the public to boycott the Circus Mondao, which started last night.
The Circus Mondao, which is one of the few remaining in the country to include performances by animals, began in Blackshaw Beck Lane in Queensbury last night, with two shows a day until Sunday 24 June.
But animal rights groups have called on the public not to attend because the show offers a cruel standard of living for the animals involved.
Liz Tyson, Director of the Captive Anmials’ Protections Society, said: “Constant transportation, confinement and repetitive unnatural performances is no life for any animal.”
“Visitor numbers to circuses with wild animals have halved in the last five years and there is a huge amount of support for the new proposals for a ban.
“But the Government needs to act quickly and we ask that people stay away from those shows that continue to use animals in the meantime.
“We sincerely hope that we will soon see a ban on this practice but we remain concerned for all animals in circuses, whether domestic or wild.”
Protests groups have also threatened to attend the show fields throughout the performances, but ring mistress Petra Jackson said the animals in the show were all well treated.
“People can protest if they want,” she said. “But they should find out their facts themselves and not just believe what some animal charities say.
“Most protestors have never been to a circus and what they claim is massively untrue.
“All our animals are well cared for and spend the day in the fields grazing. They live happy and fulfilling lives - unlike many animals which are left at home by themselves all day,” she said