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Zippos Circus Campaign Continues

SARC | 30.08.2009 22:03 | Animal Liberation | South Coast

SARC activists are determined to keep the campaign going against Zippos for the duration of the time that they are in our town. It is not enough to show up a few times and then carry on with our lives. Those horses have no choice, they cannot leave their prison cells. We must defend them.

Yesturday we turned up at 2pm expecting to see the usual queue of people getting their tickets, but it was surprisingly quiet! We were expecting the Saturday shows to be their busiest, but were glad of the smaller turnout yesturday, It seems people had found better ways to spend their afternoon, but we stayed to leaflet and spread awareness about this campaign.

A lot of people said they were only going because of the discount tickets, and one lady said that she didn't realise they used animals in circuses any more and actually apologised for going in!

Yet again we saw the horses in their cells, looking bored and miserable. The boxes where the Shetland ponies are kept has had an extra fence put up in front of it, it seems they didn't like us taking pictures of the poor ponies circling in their tiny area. As one of the Shetland ponies was led out for performance time, we could clearly see it pulling back against the reigns.

Someone said to us that if the animals didn't like performing tricks, they simply wouldn't do it! But they have no way of escaping, and no-one sees the training, and what goes on behind the scenes. It still doesn't justify the travelling around and constantly being tethered.

Our campaign is certainly having an effect as a new placard appeared inside the circus fences to defend the circus against the ADI reports and the presence of activists at the circus. A response to this is about to be sent to the Portsmouth News and is available on the SARC website this weekend. See

Many Circuses are just as successful without using animals, we hope Zippos will realise this soon, but just in case they don't we will be keeping this campaign regular until their last night, and will be passing on our knowledge of this horrible performance to activists up and down the country so that they can receive a cold welcome from activists nationwide. SARC will be a constant reminder to them that what they are doing is wrong and SARC will make life uncomfortable.

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31.08.2009 09:40

do we know where they're heading next?


Nice one

31.08.2009 13:37

Excellent work, with this kind of pressure we can quickly get the circus shut down. I hope you will join our campaign to push all places selling flesh out of business as well.

Well done


31.08.2009 16:33


From September 8th until September 10th
Horsham Park
North Parade
Horsham RH12 2DF

Tuesday September 8th: 5pm & 7.30pm
Wednesday September 9th: 5pm & 7.30pm
Thursday September 10th: 6pm



From September 11th until September 22nd

Peckham Rye Common
Strakers Road
London SE15 3UH

Friday Sept 11th: 7.30pm
Saturday Sept 12th: 3pm & 6pm
Sunday Sept 13th: 3pm & 6pm
Monday Sept 14th: 5pm & 7.30pm
Tuesday Sept 15th: 5pm & 7.30pm
Wednesday Sept 16th: 5pm & 7.30pm
Thursday Sept 17th: 5pm & 7.30pm
Friday Sept 18th: 5pm & 7.30pm
Saturday Sept 19th: 3pm & 6pm
Sunday Sept 20th: 3pm & 6pm
Monday Sept 21st: 5pm & 7.30pm
Tuesday Sept 22nd: 6pm

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Rest of Tour

31.08.2009 23:16

September 2009
8 - 10: Horsham Park, North Parade, Horsham RH12 2DF
11 - 22: Peckham Rye Common, Peckham Rye, London SE15 3UA
24 - 29: Twickenham Green, The Green, Twickenham, Surrey TW2 5TU

October 2009
1 - 6: Lower Fairground Site, East Heath Road, Hampstead, London NW3 1NT

Animal Circuses