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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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Friday, 14 September 2012

CAPS Not As Expert As They Think

If one didn’t need an example of the kind of parallel universe that the self confessed vegan supporting, animal-rights group, The Captive Animal Protection Society (CAPS) lives in, then look no further than its recent comments on Facebook regarding the new UK wild animal circus regulations.

“…big mammals are allowed in circuses all across the UK and Ireland. In fact, Defra's proposed licensing regulations for England would allow the reintroduction of animals that haven't been seen in UK circuses for years, such as primates, bears and cetaceans. This is why legislative bans are so important - without formal action, the gates are well and truly open for continued exploitation of animals such as the elephants pictured above.”

Far be it for us to correct CAPS and leave them to continue to make their many inaccurate statements revealing how little they really do know about the welfare of zoo animals; despite the fact that they present themselves as "experts" in this field when commenting to the UK government as they recently did HERE.

Nonetheless, we do feel compelled to note that in fact, the display of cetaceans in the UK in already codified under the Zoo Licensing Act as a result of the 1988 Klinowska Report and that this certainly would NOT allow dolphins and so forth to be displayed in a travelling or static circus environment. Furthermore they can only be displayed in zoo and aquaria in the UK if they meet or exceed the requirements laid down in the above cited Report and its Steering Committee Review.

BTW: It should also be noted that both bears and primates are not specifically mentioned in the proposed wild animals in circus welfare regulations (unlike large cats, elephants, reptiles and ungulates), but perhaps we are being a bit too churlish to further embarrass CAPS by pointing this out.

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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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