About our cause

Our cause is circus animals. Behind the excitement of the big top lies a sad existence for animals forced to perform in the circus. Animals are routinely subjected to months on the road and confinement in small, barren enclosures, denying them any quality of life. Through lobbying and public awareness, Animals Australia is working to free these animals from cruelty. Your support will help fund campaigns to inspire audiences to support animal-free entertainment, and to pressure governments to strengthen laws to protect these animals from exploitation. Learn more.
A personal message from Animals Australia:
Our target: $ 1,000
So far we've raised: $ 50

We're raising money to free animals from circus cruelty. There's the big top, the bright lights and brighter clowns, but there can also be a darker, crueller side to animal circuses. No one would wish for their dog or cat to be confined to a lifetime of boredom and stress, only allowed out of confinement to perform demeaning tricks in front of a strange and frightening... crowd. Yet, that is the sad existence of a circus animals.

Circuses can never provide an appropriate environment for wild animals, such as elephants and lions. Exotic animals in circuses are usually kept in small enclosures designed for ease of transport, not comfort. Time and again animal circuses have also been exposed for beating animals with whips and hooks to train them to perform unnatural tricks.

The world's leading circuses, such as Cirque du Soleil and Circus Oz, pride themselves on skilled performers, rather than animals, to amaze audiences. A growing number of countries are also banning circuses from keeping exotic animals. Even within Australia, many councils are putting forward motions to ban animal circuses.

With your help Animals Australia can continue the push to see animal circuses banned in local councils, state-wide and nation-wide. Your support will also help us inform every day Australians about the hidden cruelty behind the big top and encourage them to support animal-friendly circuses.

Together we can save animals from the cruel life they experience under the big top. Your support can help us bring an end to the use of exotic animals in circuses.
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From Donation Date Comments
Wendy Roe $25.00 06-03-2013 Anyone who attends circus's that have animals needs to take a long hard look at themselves.  
Luisa Grasso $25.00 06-03-2013 Let's end circus cruelty once and for all! 

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