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Exotic animal circus to perform for last time in B.C. town

Friday, 13 July 2007, 01:00 PST
by MARK NIELSEN Citizen staff

City council may have banned shows involving exotic animals from Prince George, but there may be one last chance to see performing lions, tigers and elephants when the Jordan World Circus performs at CN Centre later this month.

In late April, city council voted 6-1 to enact the ban, but because Jordan had already signed a contract to appear at CN Centre on July 20 and 21, the traveling show will have one last opportunity to perform in front of a crowd in Prince George

But whether animals will be part of the show is not clear.

A summation of the show posted on the Ticketmaster website talks about a “dashing, daring aerialist” and a “kaleidoscope of colour, sight and sound wrapped up with crazy antics” but no mention of animals, domestic or exotic, is made.

And when a Jordan World Circus representative was reached in Las Vegas, she said there will likely be acrobats and daredevils, but was unable to confirm whether there will be animals and a person she said could provide an answer did not return calls.

If there are exotic animals, local B.C. SPCA representative Kathi Travers, who spearheaded a campaign to ban the acts from the city, said she hopes residents give it plenty of thought before deciding if they should take in the show.

“What I’m hoping is the people of our fine community use their conscience when they decide if they want to go to the circus,” she said. “This is not a way to educate a child about wildlife, by taking them to see an animal perform unnatural acts.”

Coun. Glen Scott, the lone city councillor to vote against the ban, continues to maintain the animals are treated properly and recounted seeing no problems when he visited the animal trailers when the Jordan World Circus was in Prince George last year.

“As the trainer of Bo the elephant said ‘why would I abuse an animal that I make a living off of?'” Scott said.

The circus goes July 20 at 7 p.m. and July 21 at 2 p.m. and 5 p.m.

Tickets are available at 614-9100 or www.ticketmaster.ca

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