Protesters plan to picket touring circus over animals
WARREN Lennon doesn't mind protesters picketing his circus, as long as they're respectful to him and his customers.
Mr Lennon, a fifth-generation family member behind the Lennon Bros Circus, can expect at least 50 people on his doorsteps today about 10.30am, but not for tickets to the show.
They will be there to protest the travelling show, which is based at the Maroochydore Primary School sports field off Maroochydore Rd until Australia Day on January 26.
An invitation to protest is doing the rounds on Facebook. It says anyone who supports the show supports animal cruelty.
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The Lennon Bros Circus is one of only two circuses left in Australia with big cats in the program.
The three lions are four years of age: two females and one male from different litters. They were born and bred in the circus.
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Other animals involved in the shows include horses, monkeys, camels, llamas, geese and dogs.
"We don't get protested everywhere we go," Mr Lennon said.
"We don't mind people protesting. Everyone has that right.
"A lot of them, though, are misinformed on what we do with animals.
"They say the animals are locked in small cages 24 hours a day, but that's not true. We have big exercise yards that exceed regulation sizes."
Mr Lennon said he was happy to talk to protesters one-on-one, but "when they come to verbally abuse me and our customers, we don't like it".
One of the organisers, Cailin Green, said the protest would be peaceful and polite.
"We're not going to be disturbing the peace," Ms Green said.
"We will be standing out the front, holding up signs and telling people what's going on."
Vegan Warriors' Jaylene Musgrave said the group would be a "voice for the voiceless".
"We have supporters on the ground who will be filming and documenting evidence which will be forwarded to the RSPCA and BLEATS (Brisbane Lawyers Educating and Advocating for Tougher Sentences) of which we are on the panel," she said.