Animals won’t perform at circus in Hove after petition

Animals will not be performing at a circus when it comes to Hove seafront this summer.

Zippo's Circus at Hove Lawns, image licenced by Creative Commons By Paul Gillett
Zippo's Circus at Hove Lawns, image licenced by Creative Commons By Paul Gillett

A campaign to end animal performances at Zippo’s Circus, which comes to Hove Lawns every year, saw a 5,000-signature petition and Caroline Lucas, the Green MP for Brighton Pavilion, calling for a ban.

At Brighton and Hove City Council’s tourism, development and culture committee meeting on Thursday (January 17), Councillor Alan Robins said that the company would bring a human-only circus to town.

The company will bring its Cirque Berserk show to Hove Lawns.

Councillor Robins, who chairs the tourism committee, said: “It is an entirely human circus and that means we will have no circuses using animals in Brighton and Hove.”