ADI President Jan Creamersaid: “It is sickening to see Tim the bear, or any wild animal, being exploited in this way, with absolute disregard for their wellbeing, their physical needs and the safety of the public. Thankfully, governments around the world are taking action to end such shameful scenes. For animals like poor Tim, change cannot come soon enough.”

To mark the start of the World Cup, ADI shared with supporters a fun video of their football loving rescued lions:

The animal protection organisation is currently in Guatemala helping enforce a ban on the use of animals in circuses, as it has done in both Bolivia and Peru. Earlier this week ADI removed 9 tigers and 2 lions from a circus, and now has 14 big cats at its temporary rescue centre,where it will care for the animals until they go to their forever homes. For the lions this will be ADI’s new sanctuary in South Africa. To support the rescue mission.

Studies of the use of wild animals in traveling circuses show that circuses cannot meet the physical or behavioural needs of wild animals. Animals are confined in small spaces, deprived of physical and social needs, spending excessive amounts of time shut in transporters. These animals are often seen behaving abnormally; rocking, swaying and pacing, all indicating that they are in distress and not coping with their environment. ADI’s video evidence has shown how these animals are forced to perform tricks through physical violence, fear and intimidation.

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