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Last Updated: Tuesday, 18 May, 2004, 12:00 GMT 13:00 UK
Animal group urges circus boycott
Asian elephant
Traditional circuses are on the decline due to animal welfare concerns
An animal rights group is urging people to boycott a circus which is currently on tour in the Forest of Dean.

The Captive Animals' Protection Society (Caps) criticises Bobby Roberts' Super Circus for still using wild animals.

Caps claims that life on the road, confinement and performances cause the creatures physical and mental problems.

No-one from Bobby Roberts' outfit was available to comment. Traditional "big tops" are on the decline because of animal welfare concerns.

No choice

The circus began on Tuesday on land owned by Cinderford Town Council and on Wednesday, it moves to land owned by the Lydney Trust.

Caps spokesman Craig Redmond said: "We are not opposed to all circuses, just those with animal acts. The human performers can choose to be there, the animals have no choice."

He said the society would also be supporting local residents in lobbying the Forest of Dean District Council to prohibit the use of performing animals on all council-owned land in the future.

Bobby Roberts Super Circus is a member of the Association of Circus Proprietors (ACP), which operates a strict code of practice for circus animals.

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