From Friday 30th of September to Tuesday 4th of October animal rights activists held a protest outside Zippos Circus in Hampstead Heath, against the use of animals in their performances.
Zippos is notorious for abusing animals, their workers have been seen hitting and shouting and the animals. In addition, their training methods include starving the animals and whipping them. They are kept in tiny, horrific conditions with barely enough space to even move and are unable to exhibit their natural behaviours.
We called for Zippos Circus to ban the use of animals in their performances. They currently exploit and abuse horses, cats, dogs and birds for entertainment and profit, despite the fact that a majority of circuses in the UK no longer use animals. Camden is one of the only remaining boroughs in London that hasn’t banned the use of animals in circuses.
During the protest, activists had their hands stood on, were grabbed, pulled, pushed and had water thrown on them by Hampstead Heath park police. Everyone that attended the demonstration was legally allowed to be in the park, therefore to physically remove activists was assault!
After receiving nothing but abuse from the police for the first few days, things quickly turned heated and we began to clash with the officers even more. This video footage shows the moment officers clashed with protesters outside. One activist can be seem shouting “The plastic police bully women!”
If like us, you are against animal abuse and would like to to Zippos Circus to stop abusing innocent, defenceless animals please get involved in some online action. If more people show that they are against this, we will have a much better chance of ending the use and abuse of animals in circuses.
Contact Camden Council and City Of London in 3 ways and ask them to follow other councils by banning the use of all animals in circus acts:
FACEBOOK: facebook.com/lovecamden (leave a review stating that you disagree with Zippos using animals)
CITY OF LONDON:
FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/CityofLondonCorp (leave a review stating that you would like them to ban the use of animals in circuses)
PHONE: 020 7606 3030