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Thursday, 22 December 2011

Rouster’s Top 10 Hypocritical Anti-Circus Celebrities (Number 7)

Martin Shaw


Martin Shaw is a respected British actor best known for his TV roles. His breakthrough performance was in the popular crime series “The Professionals” and later in other roles connected to law enforcement. He has a distinctive voice and has done numerous voice overs. He began his career in theatre and has also starred in a few feature films.

Why are they anti-circus?

Shaw is an active animal rights supporter. He is a patron of the Born Free Foundation, an animal rights group that mainly targets circuses and zoos. Along with Jenny Seagrove he spearheaded BFF’s campaign to “rescue” three circus lions.

Why is this celebrity a hypocrite?

Martin Shaw played the part of a circus bear trainer in “Ladder of Swords”. The film involved him working with the bears in a hands-on capacity. To give Shaw credit he spoke about his experiences on Gandey’s Circus with affection in a 2011 interview. However, this doesn’t diminish the fact that his work in promoting BFF and other animal rights groups directly contributes towards their campaigns against animal circuses.

For the full story on Shaw's recent double-standards TV appearance click here.

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