A controversial circus with wild animals is heading to Spalding this week as MPs discuss a full ban.
Animal Defenders International (ADI) is calling on people to avoid Circus Mondao while it performs in Spalding between Friday February 12 and Sunday February 21.
The circus is one of two which still feature wild animal acts.
This week, Parliament debated a Private Members’ Bill introduced by Conservative MP Will Quince to ban the use of wild animals in circuses.
Jan Creamer, President of Animal Defenders International, said: “Animal Defenders International has repeatedly documented the suffering and abuse of wild animals in circuses.
“Circuses simply cannot meet the needs of wild animals in travelling accommodation, yet the animals are forced to spend almost the entire year on the road.
“The Government have promised a ban on this archaic activity but until they fulfil that, it is up to local residents to vote with their feet and not attend circuses like Mondao that exhibit wild animals.”
On its website Circus Mondao says: “We always put the satisfaction of our audience and the well being of our lovely animals in first place.
“So every year we invest in improving our transportation, animal conditions and programme to bring you another fantastic show.
“When we move from town to town, our main concern is for our animals and the conditions in which they travel.
“They are the last to be loaded and the first to be unloaded at the next site. The average distance travelled is only between 20 and 50 miles.
“Their stables take priority and are erected immediately upon arrival, which takes around one hour.
“They are given water, hay nets and new beds to roll around in.
“The animals really enjoy the new grass at new ground. After the show come and visit our animals for a small fee to help towards their care.”
Circus Mondao opens tomorrow night, Friday February 12 and runs until Sunday February 21 at the Lincolnshire Baytree Garden Centre, High Road, Weston, Spalding.
Performances run Wednesday to Sunday twice a day, except Sunday.
Full price seats cost, adults £20, £18, £16, kids £14, £12, £10. The booking office is open on-site now from 9am to 5pm.
For more information on tickets call 07722791777.