All the fun of the fair without the cruelty: Germany’s Roncalli circus has replaced live animals with holograms.

The smell of sawdust and popcorn fills the air. The clowns, acrobats and magicians are all in place.

As the audience is guided to their seats inside the big top, all the classic elements of the circus are there, except one. The live animals have been replaced by holograms.

Due to concerns over animal welfare, Germany’s Roncalli Circus stopped using lions and elephants in its shows in 1991.

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