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And you thought the days of trucking animals around the country to parade them in funny costumes round big tents in the name of entertainment were over... but no. Zippos Circus is arriving in Portsmouth next Tuesday, ready to make ‘em laugh on Southsea Common with exploitative shows using horses and ponies. Zippos has been exposed by Animal Defenders International for failing to comply with even the basic task of exercising their animals daily and on one 5 mile journey in 2003, Zippos animals were kept on lorries for over 4 hours a time. 

SHAC are urging all to join them in demonstrations, appeals to local shopkeepers, to liberate circus posters and money-off vouchers and, less excitingly but still useful, write to the council (tel: 02392 822 251, email 

If you can’t wait until next Tuesday (25th) when the shambolic show arrives in Portsmouth, why not register your displeasure outside the Brighton performances, continuing until this Sunday (23rd) on Hove Lawns.

Meanwhile, to prove a decent day out can be had even in Portsmouth, Saturday 5th September sees the return of the Portsmouth Green Fair, bigger and better than ever before, and this time in a central town location – Guildhall Square. We’re promised there’ll be solar-powered music, cinema, and more low-impact living tips, talks and campaign stalls to complement the ubiquitous green entrepreneurial shopportunites. See 

Keywords: animal rights, portsmouth green fair, zippos circus


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