Dog circus show from China to be staged in Singapore pulled following online outcry
An online petition gathered more than 7,200 signatures in one day
By Sujin Thomas
A dog circus show scheduled to run in February next year at Resorts World Sentosa in Singapore was cancelled just a day after tickets went on sale, following concerns raised online that it was promoting animal cruelty.
Ticketing service Sistic had announced the event on Friday morning called the Chinese New Year Dog Circus to celebrate the upcoming Lunar New Year – the Year of the Dog – on February 16, with tickets priced from S$60 (US$44.40) to S$108 (US$80) and three shows scheduled for February 16 and 17.
An online petition started by Ms Summer Ong made its rounds on social media hours later calling for the cancellation of the event which had been called “the first and only dog circus from China”.
She wrote in the petition posted on Change.org: “Allowing and promoting animal circuses in Singapore prove we are regressing and losing humanity in the process of being a progressive and animal-friendly nation”.
The petition was addressed to Resorts World Sentosa, Sistic and events organiser HE Productions. It received more 7,200 signatures in a day and was closed on Saturday afternoon.
In a Facebook update, Sistic announced that the show had been cancelled and that ticket sales had been stopped.
It said: “Please be assured that we take your concerns very seriously.”
“We will continue to provide updates as soon as they are available.”
Facebook users were quick to applaud Sistic for pulling the show: