Seventeen people gathered to protest the use of animals in circus acts on Tuesday evening when McLaren Circus, the only travelling circus left in South Africa, came to Port Alfred for three shows over two days. The protestors object to animals being kept in cages and spending long hours on the road as the circus travels from place to place. They also believe it is cruel that wild animals are trained to perform for audiences. The protestors said they would be back again for the matinee and the evening show today. Responding for the circus, owner and ringmaster David McLaren said McLaren Circus had always accommodated being inspected by the SPCA and had never been prosecuted for cruelty to animals. “It’s a moral argument, not a cruelty one,” he said.