Controversial animal circus brings big top back to Leeds

Petra Jackson pictured at Circus Mondao, Tingley, Leeds last year. Picture by Simon Hulme.
Petra Jackson pictured at Circus Mondao, Tingley, Leeds last year. Picture by Simon Hulme.
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A controversial animal circus, which attracted protests from animal rights activists last year, has returned to Leeds.

Circus Mondao’s big top is back in Thorpe Lane, Tingley, for shows until October 18. The circus is one of only two licensed animal circuses left in the UK.

Petra Jackson pictured with Zebedee the Zebra at Circus Mondao, Tingley, Leeds, in 2014. Picture by Simon Hulme.

Petra Jackson pictured with Zebedee the Zebra at Circus Mondao, Tingley, Leeds, in 2014. Picture by Simon Hulme.

Last year the YEP toured the circus before draft legislation to enforce an outright ban on the use of wild animals in circuses was blocked by MPs for the seventh time in December.

From 1998/9 the number of circuses practicing with wild animals in the UK fell from 20 to four in just five years, with dwindling audiences and high-profile animal cruelty cases contributing to the fact that only two such circuses exist today.

Circus Mondao, with its collection of over 30 mainly grazing stock, and the only other licensed circus with wild animal acts, Peter Jolly’s Circus, have rarely been out of the headlines as a result.

Both remaining UK animal circuses are regularly vetted and have been licensed by DEFRA.

For information visit www.circusmondao.co.uk.

Joanne Mjadzelics

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