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Big Top's big animal meets big resistance

An animal rights group is trying to keep a Montreal-based circus from bringing one of its acts to Nova Scotia.

An animal rights group is trying to keep a Montreal-based circus from bringing one of its acts to Nova Scotia.

The Nova Scotia Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is lobbying the provincial government to retract Cirque Estival’s permit to bring a 45-year-old Asiatic Elephant along on its tour of Nova Scotia, which starts Saturday in New Glasgow.

“We have a problem with any exotic animals being used for performing,” said Sean Kelly, president of the Nova Scotia SPCA. “Limba (the elephant) is really old, really old to be a performing animal -- especially in a travelling circus.”

Kelly said his group’s complaint is Cirque Estival violated two provincial circus regulations.

 
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