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Friday, 23 March 2012

The House Divided & Sanity from the Sidelines

circuscircus (Photo credit: fsse8info)Rouster does not wish to waste our reader's precious time drawing more attention to a certain individual who has used the unfortunate predicament animal circuses in the UK currently face to bolster their own business. It saddens (although doesn't surprise) Rouster to see said individual, who freely admits to having made his name and fortune through animal circuses, now being championed by the likes of CAPS and the animal rights movement in general as they fight
their "cause".

To paraphrase a much over-used biblical saying, the house divided falls. Kathleen Marquardt in her ground-breaking animal rights expose, "Animalscam" described how the animal rights movement had long used a tactic of divide and conquer on its targets - pitting different animal businesses against one another. Animals have a far more intricate role to play in entertainment than many realize, and a ban on wild animals in circuses is most definitely just the thin end of the wedge. The animal rights groups have made it quite clear that once the wild animals are gone they are coming after the keeping of domestics, then animals in all forms of entertainment from film-work to agricultural shows to dressage - DEFRA is currently struggling with its definition of a circus and the government knows full well that they will have to defend their position on a ban against accusations of discrimination. This is why there are concerned groups outside the circus world who are not in favour of a ban on wild animals in circuses.

Therefore, it is quite refreshing to see someone not directly connected to circus step from the sidelines and make their voice heard. This individual, one Dr. Marthe Kiley Worthington, of course, is anything but an outsider to the world of circus. She may not come from a circus family. She may have not not have worked in circus. However, she is the scientist the RSPCA commissioned to conduct a thorough study of all animals in UK circuses in the late 1980s. She concluded that although there was room for improvement - improvements that all UK circuses made the norm of their daily practice - there was nothing fundamentally flawed about their practice. She acknowledged the many benefits of an animal circus and despite the line the RSPCA took then and retains to this day, Dr Worthington remains a strong supporter of well-managed animal circuses. In response to the public proclamation from the aforementioned circus person, Dr Worthington wrote this letter to the London Evening Standard.

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