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"The academic panel concluded that there appears to be little evidence to demonstrate that the welfare of animals kept in travelling circuses is any better or worse than that of animals kept in other captive environments" - Executive Summary of the DEFRA Circus Working Group 2007

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Tuesday, 8 November 2011

The Channel 4 Action News Report

Elephants performing at the Ringling Bros. and...Image via WikipediaAs Ringling Brothers, Barnum and Bailey Circus visit Pittsburgh audiences were treated to a rare news item on circuses that did not smack of animal rights propaganda. Admittedly this particular report is as biased as hell, but it at least provides an elephant trainer, Joe and Joey Frisco, and the circus they work for, Ringling Brothers, Barnum and Bailey, with an opportunity to put their side of the story forward.

And so they should. After a decade of a focused legal attack on the alleged mistreatment of their animals by Born Free USA, backed up by several other animal rights organizations, RBBB have vindicated themselves in court. A common animal rights tactic is to plant an undercover operative in an animal establishment. This is how they obtain
their so-called empirical evidence. As several investigations into animal rights organizations have shown, many of these plants are not above setting up situations. To quote the court case that overturned Born Free USA's appeal:

In its ruling, a three judge Circuit Court panel affirmed the trial court's determination that plaintiff and witness Tom Rider, a former barn man for Ringling Bros., was "essentially a paid plaintiff and fact witness who is not credible." The appellate court stated: "it is undisputed that between March 2000 and December 2008, (lead plaintiff) Rider received at least $190,000 from the organizational plaintiffs in this lawsuit, as well as from an organization run by plaintiffs' attorneys." Today's appellate ruling went on to affirm the trial court's finding that: "the primary purpose for the payments was to keep Rider involved with the litigation."

For the full report please read here.

Back to the main story and Channel 4 Action News journalist Sally Wiggin went behind the scenes of the show and presented this report. 

Circus The Truth was formed to counteract the misinformation spread by the animal rights agenda but in addition to fighting the corner for circus animals I think there is also a further need to promote and celebrate the circus in general, especially in Great Britain.
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