City Not Giving Up on Bringing in Animal-Free Circuses

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Council unanimously passed a motion of information at Monday’s meeting to look at bringing more animal-free circuses to the Sault.

As of last May, animal exhibitions involving dogs, horses and other domestic animals were banned by Council, limiting the city to animal-free circuses only.

In a report to Council, Brent Lamming, the city’s director of community services, cautioned that it may be hard to attract these types of entertainment to the community “without paying an upfront fee,” saying that the best way to secure a show of this type is “when they are on a Canadian tour with a potential stop in Sault Ste. Marie.”

However, there definitely are animal-free circus-like events such as Blue Man Group, Cirque de Soleil and David Copperfield to name a few.

In his report, Lamming said staff remains committed to attracting these diverse entertainment options as a part of their annual objectives, continuing to follow-up with promoters and colleagues in the industry “as opportunities arise to attract shows that have a focus on acrobats, clowns, dancers, magicians and jugglers.”

The report states that there will be no financial impact to the budget, as this will be accommodated within the existing Marketing Budget.