"These animals have been beaten to be forced to perform ridiculous tricks," says Laura Lee of the group, Compassion For Animals. "They are robbed of every shred of dignity.
"Those who believe that this cruelty is a way to celebrate our country have to ask themselves, 'Where did Canada go wrong?'"
The Shrine Circus will be operating in a section of the parking lot of the Sheridan Centre through Canada Day. As Stewart further notes, the circus defends its treatment of circus animals, and particularly elephants (a main tusk of contention with animal activists). The circus funds and runs the Center for Elephant Conservation (CEC), an expansive facility in Florida which includes and Asian elephant breeding programme and an elephant retirement facility.