‘ASKING FOR MERCY’: Activists slam circus for the ‘devastating’ conditions of performing animals

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UNDER HEAT: “flaky and cracked” hippo appeared "sad" according to FEGRAPA Photo Credit: FEGRAPA

FEGRAPA, the Granada Federation of Animal Protection Association, has condemned the Roma Dola Circus for the “devastating” conditions animals are kept in as the troupe tours the province.

A resident of Salar, Granada tipped off the association that the circus was cruelly transporting a number of animals.

Members of FEGRAPA decided to investigate the claim on Saturday and after visiting the site took to social media to claim that the circus animals were suffering from “physical, mental and etiological abuse”.

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FEGRAPA documented their visit through photographs, capturing a duck with two ‘deformed’ wings which the association attributed to poor care.

The group recorded two neglected camels which lacked teeth and were left in ‘unhygienic conditions’.

Small horses allegedly infested with insects were snapped in the association’s photos as well as a ‘distressed’ lion in a particularly small enclosure, reportedly 1.5 sq. m.

The activists claim to have discovered a hippopotamus left under the hot sun with “flaky and cracked” skin.  The group allege the animal appeared to be “sad” as if it were “asking for mercy”.

The questionable conditions of the hippo were previously reported in February when the circus arrived in Porcuna in Andalucia.

FEGRAPA have called for the circus to be punished for their alleged mistreatment of the animals by being stripped of their licence to possess the animals altogether.

The association claim “Children and adults do not know what’s at the bottom of this activity.”

On September 27, the Granada regional government proclaimed the province was “free of animal abuse.”

Four regions in Spain; Cataluña, the Balearic Islands, Galicia and Murcia have banned animal circuses completely.

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