Trying to define the art form that is animal training is like giving a description of the visual features of a sunset to someone who was born without the gift of sight, no words can do justice to such a magnificent spectacle. Unlike any scientific method, it cannot be completely explained with just words. With that in mind, the following is the best attempt I can make to share with you our tradition, passion, and way of life.
Your Guide to the Reality of Animal Circus
"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, 27 February 2013
Sunday, 24 February 2013
This month - and after much detailed planning - Longleat Safari Park announced detailed plans for the proposed new Elephant Sanctuary.
The announcement comes at an appropriate time particularly with the animal-rights group Animal Defenders International (ADI) recently publishing a mean-spirited, vitriolic and ill-informed attack on Longleat and their treatment of the former circus elephant Anne.
Under the head-line: " ADI welcomes news of hoped-for improvements for Anne at Longleat" the activists wasted no time in demonstrating not only its clear ignorance of the animal-husbandry of elephants, but also it's evident contempt for Longleat. A facility that Jan Creamer (Chief Executive of ADI) had previously stated was a: "a place of safety" for Anne the elephant.
Tuesday, 19 February 2013
Rouster has observed over the past year how the RSPCA, the UK's most famous animal welfare charity, has started to do an apparent U-turn on its non-radical front. Up until 2012 the RSPCA had been involved in a wide range of activities that seemed to indicate the society's desire to be seen as an animal welfare group rather than a militant political group. They launched a food label to brand meats, milk and other animal products as "cruelty-free" from approved farmers. The RSPCA also indicated an interest in helping to create achievable standards in animal training and various other animal industries. These actions demonstrated a desire to work alongside the animal companies that animal right groups oppose directly, solely on ethical grounds. It suggested that the RSPCA's focus was on improving the welfare of animals in all industries, which is the sort of behaviour that Rouster endorses and applauds. It was comparable to the approaches taken by other sensible, animal welfare and environmental groups that are pro-animals and pro-nature, but not anti-human.
Wednesday, 13 February 2013
The captive animals' protection society (CAPS) - the UK based charity who states that it aims to end the use of all animals not just in circuses but also in zoos and the exotic pet trade - has never been shy when it comes to self-aggrandisement. Recently it proudly boasted on its Facebook page that CAPS Director, Liz Tyson had been offered the role as an Associate Fellow at the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics.