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Circus must remove zebras, camels from show; Corona threatens shutdown

June 25, 2012 |  4:52 pm

Corona city officials told a traveling circus it had until Monday evening to remove zebras and camels from its display or it would be shut down.

The city's board of zoning adjustment handed down the order to the Ramos Bros. Circus after learning about the exotic animal display, said Corona Planning Manager Terri Manuel.

Corona municipal code prohibits "the display and ... exploitation of wild or exotic animals for public entertainment or amusement" within city limits. The circus, set up on West Sixth Street, violated that rule, Manuel said.

Circus organizers were told about the rule during the approval process, she added.

The circus has until 6 p.m. Monday to remove the animals, which the Press-Enterprise said included two zebras and two camels. The zoning board then has a three-day period to reevaluate the permit and determine whether the circus will be allowed to stay, Manuel said.

The circus, which arrived in Corona on Thursday, is scheduled to last until July 2.

Officials with People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals released a statement about the circus Monday, saying they were pleased with the city's decision.

"PETA strongly encourages other cities to follow Corona's example by putting circuses on notice that confining and displaying animals as though they were inanimate objects will not be tolerated," PETA's Delcianna Winders said.

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