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The Latino Circus features ``white lions direct from Africa`` at Last Exit D89.

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Dubai circus under fire over wild animals

 

DUBAI – Critics have called for the shutdown of a circus in Dubai that uses wild animals in its performances; turning to social media to air their grievances.

The Latino Circus features “white lions direct from Africa” at Last Exit D89 Al Khawaneej until December 21.

Many on social media, particularly on the Last Exit Dubai Facebook page, have called for the closure of the circus featuring live animals, calling it an act of cruelty to animals.

“I implore you to withdraw from hosting a circus with live animals – Dubai is far, far better than this,” wrote a social media user.

A spokesperson for Meraas, operator of Last Exit, said the “animals are well cared for, as per the international regulatory standards set by CITES (Convention of International Trade in Endangered Species on Wild Fauna and Flora)”.

Circuses featuring wild animals remain legal in the UAE, but the practice is banned in more than 40 countries. GAD/Expat Media

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