Animal rights protesters descend on circus in Derbyshire

Picture from the Bolsover and Clowne SNT Facebook page.
Picture from the Bolsover and Clowne SNT Facebook page.

Police were called to a circus in Derbyshire after animal rights campaigners descended for a protest at the site.

The protest, made up of animal rights groups and residents, broke out during a break between performances at Peter Jolly's Circus, currently pitched up at Tibshelf, amid concerns of animal safety yesterday (Saturday, September 14).

Campaigners said they were concerned about how several animals they saw- including zebras, a reindeer and ostriches- were being treated at the site.

A spokesperson for Peter Jolly's previously told the media: "We have three inspections a year, two announced and one unannounced..

"We are licensed by the secretary of state for the use of wild animals in circus.

"We also have four inspections from our own vet every year.

"The public need to come and see for themselves how we treat our animals rather than listen to the propaganda and opinions of others."

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