About 'Big Top Animals'


Big Top Animals is an independent website aimed at setting the record straight about animal circuses. 

These circuses are often the target of so-called animal liberationists who premise their campaigns on nothing but ignorance and sensationalist propaganda.

Rather than allowing this movement to pollute the media with unfounded drivel, this site encourages circus lovers to express their support and no longer be silenced by a vocal minority.

Circuses have provided pleasure to children and families for hundreds of years and we should relish the longevity of this tradition.

The animals themselves are treated like family members and the RSPCA and their puppets would be wise to spend their time tackling more prevalent cases of cruelty in the community.

Rather than “boycotting” circuses, as these people have encouraged Australians to do, treat your family to a night under the big top.

It would be cruel to deny your child of such a memorable experience.



Captive Breeding:  As the 1996 Great Moscow Circus programme reported: “Man has long been wildlife’s most pernicious competitor for the living space and the dramatically reducing resources that once supported animals in their natural habitats. Zoos and circuses have come to be regarded by scientists and naturalists as having important contributions to make to the survival of some critically-threatened species. Captive breeding programs may help to sustain populations of these and other species caught up in the apparently futile survival in the wild.” The life expectancy of a lion in the wild is said to be just 12-15 years. Stardust Circus’ old lions, Samson and Prince, died in 2001 at the age of 23!

Psychological Wellbeing:  The aforementioned programme goes on to quote Dr Richard Houck, who was the Chief Veterinarian of Ringling Bros and Barnum and Bailey Circus. Dr Houck said: “I believe that exposure of animals to their own species, and to dissimilar species, their interaction with people, daily activity and the excitement of performing, which animals experience just as humans do, combine to make circus animals among the healthiest and most contented creatures you can find on earth.”

Instilling Respect amongst Children:  Children marvel at the feats of circus animals. By making this experience part of their early development, children grow to adore and respect animals, making them less likely to commit acts of cruelty in their teenage and adult years. 

A Grave Alternative:  In 1997 the RSPCA launched a campaign to ban animal circuses. The following is a letter to the editor which appeared in The Daily Telegraph at the time, written by Joan Suter: “The RSPCA has in recent years been forced to admit that, if discarded, well-loved and rare animals would have to be destroyed – humanely, no doubt. Do we want our traditional Australian circus destroyed in this way? What is the RSPCA supposed to be for?”

Liberationists’ claims that circus animals can be seamlessly relocated to zoological parks are also, in some cases, perilous.   In February 2010, welfare group Animals Australia petitioned to find a new home for Perry Bros’ elderly elephant, Saigon. It seems timely to recite a letter by E. McAlister, CEO of The Royal Zoological Society of South Australia, which appeared in the Adelaide Advertiser on 18 April 2002.

Responding to calls for Ashton’s Circus’ elephants to be moved to Monarto Zoological Park, McAlister wrote:  “There are a number of reasons why taking these old animals to Monarto would not be feasible. Among the reasons is the fact that, to take the animals away from the people, with whom they have become familiar, and put them in new surroundings, could be detrimental to the wellbeing of the animals.”


RSPCA inspects Lennon Bros Circus and, lo and behold, they find no problems and say the animals are in wonderful condition...


Channel Nine’s ‘Talk to the Animals’ went behind the scenes with Stardust Circus on 15 May 2010. As you’ll see, it’s a family affair, and that includes their much-loved animals!


 Let's get the facts in the way of a newspaper's good story....


Well said....