Tomas Chipperfield training a lion ahead of a Duffy’s Circus performance in   2008.  After 25 years tigers and lions are no longer part of the act, a move which circus owner and ringmaster David Duffy has described as “the end of an era”. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Animal rights activists have welcomed the announcement by Duffy’s Circus that it will not use lions and tigers in its acts again this year and is unli(...)

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