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Circus Performers Claim Animal Cruelty

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June 2009

Circus Performers Claim Animal Cruelty

The debate over the morality of circuses which use animals has resurfaced, with two veteran circus performers blowing the lid on what they describe as the disgraceful animal welfare practices of one travelling show.

As the RACQ prepares to petition Sunshine Coast council to ban from council land circuses which use exotic animals, Matt Price and Suzi Scrimshaw have come forward to allege they quit Eden Bros Good Time Circus – which has performed on the Coast – over its mistreatment of animals.

The Mary Valley couple, who worked for Eden Bros for eight months up until April last year, alleged circus owner John MacDonnell was in breach of numerous regulations under the Queensland Code of Practice for the Welfare of Animals in Circuses.

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