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Old 12-27-2007, 05:07 PM
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Default Animals in Circuses

When I was a child, the best thing was going to the circus with my family. It was the trapeze flying from one end to the other that attracted me most. Even at a young age, I felt that it was cruel for the circus master in his coat and tails, to crack his long whip at the big cats.

We now have the Canadian Cirque du Soleil, the modern circus where there are no animals. They are popular everywhere they go.

So, is there a need for circuses to have performing animals?

Just as I read Starr's piece on Zoo animals, I read this in my newspaper.

Circus elephant crushes man
5:00AM Friday December 28, 2007

A person has died after being crushed by a circus elephant at Yamba on the New South Whales north coast, police said.

The Stardust Circus, with elephants Arna and Gigi among the star attractions, was due to begin its Yamba performances tonight.

It had been setting up at the Angourie Road Sports Reserve when the accident occurred yesterday afternoon.

"It appears an elephant in being unloaded in preparation for a circus at Yamba this afternoon has fallen on a person, believed to be a man," a police spokeswoman told AAP.

An ambulance spokesman said the person was crushed by the elephant and suffered a fatal cardiac arrest at the scene.

Early reports suggested the victim was one of the elephant's handlers.

Police said the industrial workplace accident body WorkCover had been called in to investigate the incident.


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