[New Zealand Herald]
A city council in Queensland has
ruled exotic circus animals are a relic of a cruel past.
Queensland councils Brisbane and Ipswich are divided over a push by the RSPCA
and Animal Liberation to ban circuses that use such animals in their shows.
Brisbane Lord Mayor Campbell Newman flick-passed the issue, saying animal
welfare was a matter for the state government.
But Ipswich City Council
has decided to act, and from July 1 will become the first Queensland city to ban
circuses with exotic animals from using any land under council ownership or