On Wednesday 4 July in Osnabrück an elephant of the Circus Krone fell over the spectator area during a performance. Nobody was seriously hurt, but circus chiefs later said one man in the audience suffered cuts on his leg.
For the German organisation Deutscher Tierschutzbund the incident shows once again that a circus ban is needed at European level. “A ban on the use of wild animals in circuses is therefore not only necessary for animal welfare reasons, but also with regard to the safety of citizens.” said James Brückner, head of the Species Protection Department at Deutscher Tierschutzbund.
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