Activist attacked at circus

Thursday, July 20th, 2006

An animal rights campaigner who was trying to obtain evidence of the welfare of an elephant at Circus Sydney was attacked by the animal’s handler in front of the audience in Booterstown, Dublin.

The Daily Mail reported that the campaigner from the Captive Animals’ Protection Society claims she was assaulted by the man “who wanted to confiscate her camera after she was spotted taking pictures of an elephant which she believed was being ill-treated.”

She was treated at St Vincent’s Hospital for an injury to her hand.

The male African elephant, named Max, has a deformed rear leg but is made to perform tricks in the ring, including lifting people on his tusks.

What can you do

– Boycott circuses with performing animals

Become a Freedom for Animals supporter – you can help to make a difference

– Write to your Assembly Member/TD, asking them to support a ban animal use in circuses. Contact details can be found HERE for Republic of Ireland and HERE for Northern Ireland

– Write to your local newspaper highlighting what is wrong with circuses.

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