Female performer sitting on elephant trunk at circus
Elephants are among several exotic animals that will be banned for use in circus shows in Melbourne. Picture: Herald Sun / AFP Emmanuel Dunand.


Melbourne is set to join 45 other councils around Australia in banning exotic circus animals within its borders.

Elephants will be one of many exotic animals banned from being used in circus shows in Melbourne. The proposed ban is part of a push by Council officers to ensure the welfare of animals involved in public events across the city.

It is also proposed that any event requiring a permit must include an assessment of the welfare of any animals involved. Councillor Rohan Leppert said: “At the moment, we don’t put animal welfare conditions on the permits at all and I think that could lead to animal cruelty issues.”