(TIGERS/CIRCUS ANIMALS) Audience members at Spain’s Gottani Circus got a little more than they bargained for when a tiger attacked a trainer during a show last Friday.

The incident was captured by an audience member’s cellphone, and clearly shows the tiger attacking 35-year-old Denny Gottani.

Columbia has passed a bill banning circuses from using wild animals in their show.
Countries all over the world have been banning the use of wild animals in circuses. Photo Credit: news.softpedia.com

Gottani was taken to the hospital following the incident, where he was treated for multiple non-life threatening injuries.

Gottani’s 60-year-old mother was also hospitalized after suffering a panic attack brought on by the incident.

The Gottani Circus website claims the trainer has been training tigers for 17 years.

Despite the attack, the circus resumed the rest of its show shortly after Gottani was taken to the hospital.

As if we needed any more proof to end animal circus suffering. Was the Siegfried and Roy fiasco of 2009 not enough? How many more people and defenseless animals will get hurt before we ban animals in entertainment?

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Tigers are wild animals that deserve to live their lives in the wild, not for our entertainment. Photo Credit: Tambako the Jaguar on Flickr

Instead of living out long, healthy lives, these animals are being ripped from their mothers at birth and brought into a life of animal slavery, imprisonment, and torture.

Hopefully this terrible incident will teach people that wild animals don’t belong in circuses.

Animal Defenders International (ADI) has been working to end the use of wild animals in circuses globally through their Stop Circus Suffering campaign.

ADI president Jan Creamer commented on the tiger incident saying:

“Circuses using wild animals compromise human safety and animal welfare in order to make money. Sadly this tiger attack on a trainer is no freak accident and follows many incidents where people have been injured by wild animals forced to perform in circuses. We urge the public to consider the welfare of family members and friends – and of the animals who are subjected to a life of confinement and brutality – and boycott events using wild animals.”

We urge you to boycott the circus. This heartless torture needs to end.

Animal Defenders International Campaign: Stop Circus Suffering Campaign