Camels graze near Leeds as controversial animal circus rolls into town

Camels graze at Circus Mondao at Calverley near Leeds. Picture by Scott Merrylees.

Camels graze at Circus Mondao at Calverley near Leeds. Picture by Scott Merrylees.

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A controversial animal circus has rolled into a village on the Leeds-Bradford boundary.

Circus Mondao, which has pitched up at Carr Farm, in Calverley, is one of only two UK circuses licensed to feature wild animal acts.

Featuring animals including a zebra and camels, the circus is on private land and will remain on site until Sunday before moving on to Tingley from September 24 to October 5.

Campaigners from the Animal Defenders International and Leeds Animal Protection groups have already voiced their displeasure at the attraction they describe as “outdated”.

Despite this Petra Jackson, ringmistress at Circus Mondao, maintains her animals all lead a “lovely life” and reiterated that the circus is regularly inspected and is fully licensed. She said: “Traditional circus is still alive and well in England.”

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Keith (right) and Ashley Boots

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