ANIMAL rights activists have been accused of failing to understand the ethics of running a circus after launching a misguided protest.
More than 50 protestors gathered outside Mount Gravatt Showgrounds in Queensland, Australia, railing against what they thought was “the cruel” use of animals in entertainment.
Despite the circus not having any previous record of cruelty charges or mistreatment of animals, activists staged a tasteless demonstration with passing cars honking to show their support and pedestrians stopping to hear what the activists had to say.
But Lennon Brothers Circus site manager Cheryl Lennon opposed the claims saying that activists were protesting for no apparent reason.
She said: “Everyone is entitled to their opinion, but they (protesters) are misinformed with a lot of their quotes and there is no truth behind any of it.”
The woman also said that animal rights activists have been invited to come in and have a look at how the circus operates, but they were never interested in learning more about the industry.
Lennon added: “There have been no charges of cruelty or mistreatment, so I think the protesters need to let the public vote with their feet because we make everyone aware that we use wild animals in the show.”
The Lennon Brothers Circus has four wild animals, three lions and a monkey.
It is one out of just a few circuses in the Australia still using animals for entertainment.