Usually a place for a fun family outing, the Boswell Circus in Durban had its hands full yesterday as protesters descended on it to voice their concerns about cruelty to animals.
As almost 800 people jostled to get into the large marquee at the Sun Coast Casino, motorists hooted and waved at the protesters, some of whom carried placards condemning the "slavery and cruelty" of the circus's handling of the animals.
Steve Smit, leader of Animal Rights in Action and one of the people who protested for three hours, said the animals were subjected to "enormous abuse" in the name of entertainment.
"We want to change the public perception that keeping an animal in a cage is entertainment. Animals must live a natural life and nature takes care of them," he said.