McLaren Circus shows to continue following animal welfare concerns

McLaren Circus shows to continue following animal welfare concerns

The City of Cape Town reinstated the McLaren Circus' events permit following animal welfare concerns. Breakfast with Martin Bester spoke to Smaragda Louw from Ban Animal Trading after the Cape Of Good Hope SPCA had given the circus a warning.


The investigative TV programme 'Carte Blanche' investigated the McLaren Circus after it was allegedly reported that the animals were not well cared for. 

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Inspectors Jaco Pieterse and Jeffrey Mfini from the City of Cape Town SPCA followed up on the investigation and gave the circus a warning on several alleged violations of the Animals Protection Act. 

The circus management granted them access but would not allow them to take photographs of the cages.

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The City of Cape Town has reinstated the event permit of McLaren Circus. 

Smaragda Louw from Ban Animal Trading spoke to Martin Bester about the investigation.

Louw told Breakfast with Martin Bester that Pieterse and Mfini discovered that some of the animals were not taken care of. 

A listener won tickets to visit the circus. She shared her experience with the team. 

"We won tickets for the circus. I have never been to a circus. It was absolutely amazing and wow but I felt guilty. I felt uncomfortable when those animals came out."

"I'm also amazed by the tricks at the circus but there is no need to include animals," Martin Bester added. 

Tune in to the 'Breakfast with Martin Bester', weekdays from 06:00 - 09:00. Stream the show live here or download our mobile app here.

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