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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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Wednesday, 13 June 2012

Who wants to CAP the fun at the Olympics?

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Somewhere near the top of Rouster's main objectives is to bring public attention to the fact that the animal rights agenda affects us all. Today's press release from the CAPS (Captive Animal Protection Society) shows that the AR agenda will only settle for the total ban on animals in live events. This shameless publicity stunt, supposedly in response to CAPS members pressuring their leaders to do something about director Danny Boyle's intentions to recreate a farm landscape for the opening ceremony, has made it into the mainstream press. CAPS have already started a petition to prevent the use of live animals taking place. Interestingly the RSPCA (famous AW/AR fence-sitters and opponents to wild animals in circus) have been actively engaged in addressing welfare concerns with the various farmyard animals used in Boyle's production. With a bit of luck this entire episode could highlight the clear difference between animal welfare, which promotes the responsible use of non-human animals by humans, with the radical agenda of the animal rights movement.

If anyone was in any doubt that CAPS, Viva! and others in the animal rights movement do not have other animal institutions in their sites aside from wild animal circuses, this statement from CAPS director, Liz Tyson says it all: "We are calling on the Olympic organisers to step in and ensure that the use of live animals does not happen". 

 Astley's Legacy was formed to counter the misinformation and propaganda spread by animal rights activists. As well as fighting the corner for circus animals and their trainers, we are here to promote and celebrate the cultural heritage of circus in general, and especially in the country of its birth - Great Britain. For more information please see our Facebook group

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