An Egyptian circus show turned deadly in front of a horrified audience when a big cat mauled a trainer during a performance. The trainer was rushed to a local hospital but died from his injuries a few days after the incident. The lion is no longer performing, but it’s unclear what will happen to him next. 

Big cats are NOT cuddly kitties who can be used and abused for our entertainment—they’re wild animals, and captivity does not take away their instincts. Attacks on humans by captive big cats—which occur surprisingly often—can be triggered by the stress, anxiety, and agitation that these animals experience every day of their lives. 

In the U.S. alone, 128 captive big cats and 24 humans have died and 270 humans have been injured in such incidents since 1990.

Lions and Tigers Standing

Big cats used in circuses are often hauled around in barren cages that leave barely enough room for them to stand up and turn around. 😿 Instead of getting the opportunity to exercise and play, humans force them to live in one small area, where they eat, drink, sleep, and use the bathroom. 

While on the road, some big cats get to leave their cages only for short periods of time to perform in front of noisy crowds. And they don’t perform because they want to—they do it because they’re afraid of what will happen if they don’t. 

ringling tigers with trainer

What You Can Do

Animals don’t belong in the circus, and because more and more people are learning the truth and speaking out against animal circuses, times are quickly changing. When Ringling Bros. executives announced that they were ending elephant acts, they cited  growing public concern as one of the reasons for their decision.

We have to keep speaking out until all animal acts are ended. Your opinion makes a difference!

lion circus

Stand up for big cats used in circuses by supporting only circuses that are animal-free and that use talented, willing human performers who don’t have to be caged or whipped to entertain you.


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