At the command of his captor, Marvin the sea lion climbs onto the platform in front of him.

From here he can see the crowds that line the edge of the ‘show arena’ at the zoo. This is where, for almost every day of the year, he and the other sea lions held captive at the zoo are made to perform circus-style shows to the public. 

This kind of public display could be lifted right out of a circus. But this is taking place at zoos around the UK. A Freedom for Animals investigator filmed at some of these zoos and documented the degrading circus-style tricks animals were being made to perform.

Will you make an urgent donation to the campaign today, to end these cruel shows and end the tortuous captivity of animals like Marvin?


We have exposed the industry with our undercover investigation, but now we must push to get rid of these degrading ‘shows’ completely. Animals are not performers for human entertainment!


In 2020, wild animal circuses were banned from travelling and performing across England, Scotland and Wales. But yet, zoos across the UK are STILL making animals perform circus tricks to the paying public. There are 10 zoos across Scotland, England and Wales that have sea lion shows.

This has to stop! As a nation who claims wild animals shouldn’t be degraded in circus shows, why are these zoo shows allowed to continue? No more! Please give a gift so that we can campaign to end the shows and fight for the freedom of all animals in zoos and aquariums.

The concrete world that a sea lion like Marvin is made to endure is nothing like the wilds of his natural home. His body and mind are built to survive and thrive in the vast waters of the Americas. Not in a small swimming pool in a UK zoo. California sea lions are social animals and in the wild form huge colonies and gather along the rocky coastlines of the North Pacific Ocean. This is a far cry from a small enclosure in the UK, with only a few other individuals for company.


Your gift will not only help with this campaign, but it will also help in many other ways. We work to free all animals from the exploitation of entertainment, and your kindness makes it possible for us to help each one.

Thank you.