A BRITISH circus boss has defied activists who tried to shut it down and vowed: “The show will go on.”
The Peter Jolly’s Circus features TV star Reggie the Raccoon and other animals and will be staged in Scunthorpe in the north of England.
The London-based Animal Defenders International (ADI) had claimed that the use of animals in circuses is an out-dated practice” and is overwhelmingly opposed by the public.
But circus spokesman Peter Jolly Junior said: “Our animals are kept safe.
“The circus has been licensed by the Secretary of State for the past five years.
“We are inspected three times a year – two of them announced and one, unannounced. Our lead vet also carries out four inspections a year and the show goes on.”
The family-owned circus also claims its animal show will be the first such display in Scunthorpe in five years and contrary to the claims of activists was keenly anticipated.
The Jolly Circus will be holding its shows from August 9 to 13.