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Animal rights group urges Zippos Circus boycott when it visits Sidcup

PUBLISHED: 12:02 09 April 2013 | UPDATED: 12:02 09 April 2013

Nicky de Neumann performing in Zippo's Circus

Nicky de Neumann performing in Zippo's Circus

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Animal Defenders International have urged people to boycott Zippos Circus when it opens in Sidcup next Thursday (April 18).

The organisation, which campaigns for animal welfare across the world, claims circus animals travel for most of the year and are subjected to violence and cruelty - something strongly denied by the circus.

Animal Defenders International chief executive Jane Creamer said: “The suffering endured by animals in circuses is well documented and scientifically established. We urge people to visit circuses with human only acts – those acts have a choice.”

But Zippos founder and director Martin Burton dismissed the claims and said Zippos only receives positive feedback from members of the public.

He said: “Animal transport is of the highest standard, journey times between sites are minimal, and care of our animals is always our first priority.

“We are concerned to give our animal partners the quality of life they deserve and are entitled to. This means not only that we go beyond the standards set by stringent regulation and official inspection, but that any suggestion of cruelty is abhorrent to all of us.”

The circus is in Sidcup Place Park, Chislehurst Road, until Tuesday, April 23.

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