Circus in Guangzhou resists shutdown effort
The Guangzhou Zoo in Guangdong province will seek help from law enforcement agencies, local industries and commerce authorities to shut down performances by a longestablished circus troupe on its premises after the troupe’s operator refused to stop. The zoo informed the troupe in July that it would not renew its contract when it expired at the end of August, the zoo said in a statement. It plans to use the circus venue to build a scientific exhibition center. But the circus operator continued to sell tickets for shows. The venue was leased to the circus operator in 1993. Shows have been performed six times a day for more than 24 years. Huang Yingzhi of Anhui province, who heads the circus, said the troupe received notice on Aug 14 to close the show. “We are still discussing our future with the zoo. The zoo has offered to help transport the animals,” Huang was quoted as saying by Xinhua News Agency.