Circus horsewoman defends animals' treatment

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Circus horsewoman defends animals' treatment

Equine insurance policyholders have been told that a circus performer who uses horses in her acts has spoken out against critics who claimed that her animals are not well cared for.

The Dorset Echo reported that Amanda Sandow appears as part of Paulo's Circus Americano, which has been sited in Portland for more than a week.

Despite the attraction's popularity, Ms Sandow has received negative comments about using live animals in her act via Facebook, with some people calling for residents and visitors to boycott the circus.

Ms Sandow rejected suggestions that the horses are not properly cared for while touring, saying: "My horses are like my children, they are my life in the circus world. It’s just absolutely ridiculous.

"I spend most of the day with them. I get up at 8am to exercise them, and wash them for the show."

She added that the five-minute routine the horses participate in is far easier than what animals are subjected to in sports like show jumping.

Last month, a stage show called The Cenataur and the Animal, involving live horses in a conceptual dance, was hosted at the Sadler's Wells theatre.

April 21st 2011

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