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Protesters demand circus boycott
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Circus organisers said the animals enjoyed performing in the ring
An animal rights group has called for a boycott of a circus being held in a Lincolnshire town.

Circus Mondeo which uses horses, goats and zebras, is performing in Spalding until Monday.

The Captive Animals' Protection Society claims the animals are transported in inadequate accommodation and forcing them to perform in the ring is cruel.

Circus organisers say their animals are not mistreated and urged the public to come and see that for themselves.

Carol Macmanus of Circus Mondeo, said: "I think the animals are fine here. They enjoy working here and performing for the public.

"People enjoy seeing them. Our animals all have big exercise areas and big electric fencing pens at the back.

"The public need to come and see that for themselves."

Craig Redmond from the Captive Animals' Protection Society, said: "There are only eight circuses with performing animals left and we would urge people to go to circuses that do not involve animals.

"We are against any travelling circus because they cannot provide for the needs of animals as they are on the road for most of the year and the housing they are given isn't adequate."

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