“I can’t remember my name or my last name,” said one woman, recalling the day she was taken from her home in South Australia to a circus.
“They dragged me down the floor, threw me to the ground and tore my clothes off,” she said.
“The staff laughed and I thought, ‘Oh my God, this is what they do to us’.”
“I’ve had to wear these horrible things in the wild for years, I’ve been beaten, I’m not able to go to the toilet and I can’t do anything to make myself comfortable.”
“But now I have my own home.
I don’t need to go through the circus anymore.”
The circus had to cancel her performance and she was forced to live in a tent.
She had no choice, but to move to New South Wales.
“I feel I’m no longer an animal in the ring, I am an animal now,” she told the ABC.
“It’s been difficult to be on the other side of that.”
The woman said she had a lot of respect for circus workers.
“You can’t blame them for being scared and scared of what they see,” she added.
“But I think they’ve got to be a bit more brave.”
The ABC contacted the Australian Animal Welfare Federation (AAWF) and the New South Wales Country Circus (NSWC) for comment.