PRESS RELEASE: Moscow Circus fish act banned by NSW authorities

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PRESS RELEASE: By ANIMALS AUSTRALIA On SEP 8, 2010

A Great Moscow Circus act was halted by the NSW Department of Industry and Investment yesterday after Animals Australia received several complaints from the public in Miranda, Sydney.

The circus act, which clearly upset members of the circus' audience, involved a woman swallowing and regurgitating a live fish.

Executive Director of Animals Australia Glenys Oogjes said:

"Scientific research has shown that fish are capable of suffering and are therefore protected under the NSW Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act. The Great Moscow Circus also contravened the NSW Standards for Exhibiting Circus Animals which does not allow circuses to exhibit fish. We welcome the quick action of the NSW Department to instruct the Moscow circus management to withdraw the act".

"Circuses continue to claim that performing animal acts are educational. Far from educational, this was an inhumane and foolish act which reflected badly on the Moscow Circus."

"Around the world many countries have introduced bans on keeping animals in circuses due to the suffering caused, and we would welcome similar bans here", concluded Ms Oogjes.

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