A CIRCUS under fire for its use of animals is pitching up in Heckmondwike.
Animal welfare campaigners today urged families to boycott the visit by Peter Jolly's Circus.
The circus is one of only three left in the country to use wild animals and the only one to have a performing bear.
Its big top will be on a privately-owned field alongside Leeds Road in Heckmondwike from next Tuesday until October 2.
Protesters have mounted peaceful demonstrations at every site the circus has visited on its Yorkshire tour.
A spokeswoman for the Captive Animals Protection Society promised: "I'm sure we'll be in Heckmondwike."
The society called for people to avoid circuses with animals and for shopkeepers not to display publicity posters.
The show features Ming the bear, being walked into the ring where it drinks a bottle of milk before being returned to its cage.
There are also llamas, goats, a performing donkey, ducks, geese, doves and an Ankole bull.
Jolly's describes itself as Britain's most traditional circus.
Spokesman Chris Barltrop defended their use of animals.
He said: "The circus is happy to acknowledge that the highest animal welfare standards have to be maintained.
"The animals are well-kept, are not stuck indoors all day and are in good condition."
He said audience figures at other shows had been extremely encouraging.
"People have made up their own minds. They have voted with their feet," said Mr Barltrop.