No animal performance at China’s International Circus Festival this year!

There won’t be any animal performance at China’s International Circus Festival this year!

After the bill banning the use of wild animals in circuses in the U.S., we now hear some great news for entertainment animals in China as well!

China is going to say farewell to the use of animals in performance at its 4th International Circus Festival (November 13th- 25th).

“[We] can very certainly and responsibly say that the abolition of animal performance reflects this era’s progress,” says a worker at Zhuhai’s Culture, Sports, and Tourism Bureau on November 2nd.

During this year’s Circus Festival, only human actors will be performing. Going forward, China’s International Circus Festival will strive to take the lead in the direction and developing trend of circus performance, using acrobatics, magic, and other innovative techniques to captivate its audience. It will show that, without animals, circus performance can be just as fun and entertaining.

However, the staff members working at the performance site for the Circus Festival holds that they haven’t received any notifications about canceling items containing animal performance, nor any confirmation for the performance items this year. According to workers at Zhuhai’s Culture, Sports, and Tourism Bureau, this expressed uncertainty probably results from their concerns for advertising.

China’s progress in banning animal performance in circuses can be largely attributed to the effort of animal protection groups such as Save Circus Animals, as well as the general public’s growing awareness of animal protection issues. More and more people begin to support banning animals in circuses; even zoos have begun to cancel animal performances.

We look forward to seeing the absence of animals in China’s International Circus Festival this year!

Written by Riley Peng. Info obtained from The Paper.

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