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The Latino Circus is stationed at the Last Exit outlet in Al Khawaneej until December 21.

PHOTO BY THE LATINO CIRCUS


Dubai circus told to stop using lions at Last Exit following backlash

 

DUBAI – A traveling circus in Dubai has been asked by food truck park Last Exit D89 to remove lions from its show following heavy criticism on social media.

The Latino Circus, which features “white lions direct from Africa”, is currently stationed at the Last Exit outlet in Al Khawaneej until December 21.

Update as of December 8: Meraas shuts down The Latino Circus at Last Exit

Complaints have poured on social media against Last Exit for allowing a circus show that uses wild animals.

On Tuesday, Last Exit in a statement to the media said it has now asked the circus to remove the lions because the animal acts “have upset some members of our community”.

“We care about and share their sentiments and have requested the operators of The Latino Circus to exclude all animal acts going forward,” according to the statement from Last Exit.

On social media, many have called for the shutdown of the circus, describing its practices as “animal abuse”.

Platinumlist.net, which also faced backlash for selling tickets to the circus show, said it is looking to terminate its contract with the organizer.

It was not clear whether The Latino Circus will carry out the request to remove lions from its show.

On Sunday, circus manager Teddy Aouad dismissed critics of the show, saying they are activists commenting from outside the country.

On Facebook, lion tamer Casey McCoy Cainan said the circus management has no plans to heed the request of the property management to take animals out of the show.

“The property management has asked us to take the animals out of the show (which we have not and don’t plan to) but it would really help if we could balance out the bad reviews coming from people not here. Thanks in advance,” Cainan wrote on Facebook. GAD/Expat Media

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