By Elsa Baxter
Circus forced to leave beasts in Bahrain car park after no airline accepts wild cargo.
Five caged lions and tigers abandoned by a circus in a car park in the Bahraini capital were left behind because no airline would accept them as cargo, their owners have claimed.
The beasts were stuck in Manama for up to five days, with residents complaining of fears for their safety and being kept awake at night by constant growling and roaring, the Gulf Daily News reported on Thursday.
The animals, which belong to Frsan International Management, were in the kingdom for a series of circus shows for Bahrain National Day celebrations, which ended on January 15.
Fadhel Albado, Frsan managing director, told the paper they were forced to leave the wild animals behind after no airline would accept them.
"We spent BD190,000 to bring all the animals and special artists to entertain Bahrain audiences. After the show concluded, we enquired with many airlines about animal cargo, but they refused and said they don't have such services available,” he told the paper.
"We were waiting for a special cargo plane to transport these animals and it cost us BD16,000."
The beasts are due to be flown to Qatar on Thursday morning for the company’s next show, the paper reported.
A very disappointing arrangement on the part of the organisers. When an event is planned all attention to details have to be considered. When the subject deals with sensitive issue like cargo transport for wild animals, all the necessary arrangements should have been done before going ahead with the event. It is really very disheartening and shameful that people still treat animals merely as an entertainment commodity. After we've become so aware of the wildlife preservation etc its sad that people in the gulf are left with absolutely no morality !!! How inconsiderate anyone could be to leave the wild beasts just like that for 5 days??? this is really shocking and a clear reflection of people's ignorance to the said subject.
Surely an International circus would have known that special air transport would have to be arranged for both the inward and outward flights. No domestic carrier would transport these animals.