The Yorkshire Agricultural Society has cancelled the Bobby Roberts Circus at the Great Yorkshire Show ground following allegations at the weekend regarding treatment of one of the circus elephants.
The elephant was never part of the show at Harrogate and is retired. The North Yorkshire Agricultural Society does follow strict rules around the use of animals in performances and they were being followed for this event.
Nigel Pulling, Chief Executive said: “In the light of the film footage we have contacted the organisers and said that we do not wish the circus to go ahead at the showground and a cheque with a full refund is being sent. With regard to circuses, we have had a “no animals in performances other than horses” for at least 10 years and were horrified at what we saw. Animal welfare is paramount, which as an agricultural charity, is particularly important to us.”