Lennon Bros Circus cleared by RSPCA after complaints
THE RSPCA has cleared Lennon Bros Circus of any animal welfare issues after concerns were raised about treatment of its lions.
Sunshine Coast animal rights group Vegan Warriors contacted the RSPCA on Saturday worried the lions, based at the circus in Maroochydore, had no access to shade or water on a day where temperatures passed 41 degrees.
RSPCA Queensland spokesman Michael Beatty said the organisation's inspector responded to the complaint but found no reason to believe the animals were being mistreated.
"A complaint was lodged with the RSPCA concerning a lack of shade or water for lions at the circus," he said.
"The complaint was investigated and no animal welfare issues were found.
"While the RSPCA is not in favour of exotic animals being kept in circuses, in this case there was no breach of the Act."
Vegan Warriors staged a protest outside Lennon Bros Circus yesterday where group founder Jaylene Musgrave said they told circus goers about the reality of animals in a circus.
Police were called but no action was taken.
Ms Musgrave claimed the group had photographic evidence of the lions in an unshaded enclosure but they had been moved before the RSPCA arrived.
"Unfortunately animal welfare legislation has hardly changed since its inception two centuries ago, so the bare requirements for keeping exotic animals confined are antiquated and archaic to say the least," she said.
"Anyone who doubts these animals aren't being treated the way they should can go online and see circuses with exotic animals have been banned in 30 countries."
Lennon Bros Circus manager and head animal trainer Warren Lennon said the lions had access to shade and fresh water that was changed four times a day.
"They have water trays inside their sleeping quarters where it's insulated and nice and cool for them," he said.
Mr Lennon said the lions' enclosure was larger than required by regulation and the animals had access to their undercover sleeping quarters at all times.