‘Victorian’ use of animals at circus is condemned
A circus was criticised for its “Victorian” use of animals when the Big Top went up in Alsager at the weekend .
Peter Jolly’s Circus, which on social media describes itself as “a traditional family run big top circus with a mighty menagerie of exotic and domestic animals”, performed in a field on Hassall Road from Thursday to Sunday.
However, some residents and activists objected to its use of animals, including zebras, camels and horses, and waved placards near the showground’s entrance during a protest before Saturday afternoon’s performance.
The owners defended themselves this week while Cheshire East Council said circuses did not need be licensed to perform by a local authority.
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