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Eurogroup for Animals – Wild Animals in Circuses, Mar 2021

A survey across 7 EU Member States on public views towards wild animals being used in circuses.

• Two thirds of respondents agree that the use of wild animals in circuses in cruel (68%) and unnecessary (66%), and six in ten respondents agree it is outdated (59%).
• At least six in ten respondents agree that:
o Circuses still using wild animals must reinvent themselves by developing high quality shows with human performers (69%)
o They would prefer to visit circuses with human performers instead of wild animals (64%)
o Wild animals should not be used for public entertainment (68%)
o The use of wild animals in circuses has no place in modern society (61%)
• The vast majority of respondents agree that the EU should guarantee that cruel uses of animals are not allowed (83%). The majority of respondents also agree that the EU should ban the use of wild animals in circuses (62%) and, to a lesser extent, the use of both wild and domesticated animals (54%).

Date Published: 3/3/21

Client: Eurogroup for Animals

Methodology

Eurogroup for Animals and its member organisations commissioned Savanta ComRes who interviewed 7,425 adults online from 8th to 17th February 2021 across 7 EU member states: Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Poland and Spain. Data were weighted in each country to be nationally representative by key demographics such as age, gender and region.