December 15th, 2000


And no-one saw the carny go...

I don't always agree with how circuses treat their animals, but it's always painful to see a circus die... what will I run away to join?!

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - A German animal tamer plans to spend Thursday night in a cage of tigers in protest at a Belgian commune's decision to evict his circus.

Raphael Marcus Mischler, a son of the circus's director, said he planned to use
sticks to hold off the animals but that the situation could become dangerous.

``Come nightfall and I fall asleep. I cannot guarantee I will still be here tomorrow,'' he told Reuters through the bars of the cage.

The Brussels commune of Evere last week ordered the 'Euro Flying Circus' to leave its territory. Thursday, workers began to tow the circus trucks away and were preparing to take down the tent.

Good kitty. Nice kitty. Sit...

Marcus Mischler, a member of the Swiss family which owns the Euro Flying Circus, has shut himself in a tiger cage during the seizure of the circus assets, in the Brussels commune of Evere, December 14, 2000. The circus was ordered to leave its present site and the animals, including lions, tigers and panthers, have been seized by bailiffs after it was declared bankrupt.- REUTERS/Francois Lenoir