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Monday, 14 November 2011

Wrong Approach to Animal Rights - Washington Times

The Washington Times newsroomImage via WikipediaOnce in a while you get a journalist that sees through the smoke and mirrors of Animal Rights propaganda. In the UK we had the lone voices of Dominic Lawson and Andrew McKie give the argument for the defence against the backbench push for a ban on wild animals in UK travelling circuses. Recently in the US ADI (Animal Defenders International) spearheaded a press campaign with Rep. James P. Moran to launch legislation that would effectively ban the use of wild animals in US circuses. Most journalists just love the emotional content of "people protecting animals" and the use of celebrities like Jorja Fox and Bob Barker. It's an easy story and an easy job. Circuses are a minority in the grand scheme of things and therefore a soft target. However, there are those who have experience with good animal circuses who would argue that this is unfair. This is great and I would say they largely have science on their side. However, there are also those like Washington Times journalist Charles W. Stenholm who sees the real issue here. The animal rightists and their attempt to appear reasonable and "moderate"...

Read the linked report that opens with the following lines:

Earlier this month, Rep. James P. Moran united with a retired game-show host and a foreign-based animal rights group to introduce legislation that, if passed, would mean not just the end of our cotton-candy memories of the three-ring circus but also the elimination of hundreds of jobs in Mr. Moran’s district and thousands more jobs around the country in numerous cities and states. This unnecessary and misguided legislation is being pushed in the name of an extreme animal rights agenda at the expense of jobs all over this country. (full 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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