Pandemic, politics have circuses in Germany walking a tightrope

Lion, tigers and bears – no more? Even as hope is on the horizon for an end to the pandemic, big tops in Germany that manage to weather the economic fallout are staring at an even larger hoop to jump through: a ban on wild animals. But meanwhile, many of them are receiving government subsidies. In November and December 2020, circuses were paid 75 per cent of the previous year’s revenue, says Ralf Huppertz, who chairs an industry association. That was a relief for the largest circuses, who usually put on big shows at the end of the year. If the circuses were to go out, it would not only mean a …

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