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 March 2013

All round bungling leads to OTT cow killing

Our favourite anti-animal circus newspaper in the UK, The Daily Mail, reported on a case of coordinated bungling with an appropriately clumsy piece of journalism. The paper, which is considered by most to be a "middle market" publication despite its blatant politicizing and sensationalism, penned an article that even contains a typo in its headlines:

"Operation runaway cow: Four marksmen, eight police officers and five patrol cars to catch and gun down (after several misses) 'and' unlikely fugitive" 

Paul Bentley, The Daily Mail journalist, described this escaped herbivore as a "female cow". Rouster was unaware that there was another gender for a cow. We have saved the whole piece offline (see above) in case any editing has been done to this piece.  You will note that The report describes how a runaway cow was gunned down by two Police marksman in order to preserve public safety. This action was done on the advice of the RSPCA, the same "animal welfare" charity that has recently been exposed in late December for the unnecessary slaughter of a vast amount of the animals it supposedly "rescued".

Wednesday, 20 March 2013


Gold Coast City Council from 15 March, 2008
Gold Coast City Council from 15 March, 2008 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Rouster apologizes for the tardiness of this report. It has been in their inbox for a long time now, but various commitments have taken up the team's time. However, we are delighted to report on a victory for common sense, rational thought and science in favour of animal circus. The following is a list of events that led up to the repeal of a nearly four year-old ban.

29th January 2013

July 2009

Former Gold Coast Mayor Ron Clarke proposed a ban (‘due to animal welfare concerns’) on any circuses with exotic animals being able to set up and show on GC City Council Land.
Current councillor Dawn Crichlow (Division 6), who was also present at the 2009 council meeting when the ban was passed, reported that there was “literally no debate” on the topic and she was amazed that the ban was passed simply because Ron Clarke did not agree with exotic animals being in circuses.

Monday, 18 March 2013

Jennifer Lawrence versus PeTA

Jennifer Lawrence on the red carpet at the 83r...
Jennifer Lawrence on the red carpet at the 83rd Academy Awards (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
It is an all-too-familiar and tragic story. PeTA (People for the ethical Treatment of Animals) - a group that has routinely been exposed to be a radical animal rights group, categorized by the US Department of Agriculture as a legitimate terrorist threat and shown to slaughter 89.4% of the animals it supposedly rescued in 2012  despite a $36 million budget - acquire the support of yet another highly influential person They have recruited a huge number of Hollywood stars along with rock stars, politicians and other strong media voices. However, starlet Jennifer Lawrence has revealed she has a rare celebrity backbone and decided to face the AR behemoth with her now notorious statement: "Screw PETA!"

Lawrence's case, as revealed in this article by The Huffington Post, is a classic example of PeTA putting emotional propaganda ahead of real issues. Lawrence stars in a film that is about personal responsibility. Said responsibility extends to having to feed a family in desperate times and also looking after animals. Her character is forced to skin a dead squirrel (the real animal's carcass was bought from a legitimate hunter for the film).

Friday, 15 March 2013

RSPCA Prosecutions come under scrutitny

English: Dominic Grieve, the Attorney General ...
English: Dominic Grieve, the Attorney General of the United Kingdom (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
The RSPCA continue to attract negative publicity as Dominic Grieve, the Government's attorney general, recommends, in a public letter to the charity's chief executive, Gavin Grant, that the animal organization seeks an independent review before making prosecutions in court. This caught the attention of MP Simon Hart who said, "The attorney general's letter is as close to saying 'sort yourselves out' as he can reasonably go. There is now a really good opportunity for the RSPCA to demonstrate that it is an animal welfare organization, not an animal rights one, and to stop pursuing political vendettas at the public's expense".

The Spectator poses questions to the RSPCA

Thursday, 14 March 2013

The Future is Orange?

The campaigns against animals in circuses use many and various methods to promote their agendas. One popular one is the brand boycott. Goods and service providers are very aware of their standing within the minds of the public and try hard not to be associated with brands that may be considered unethical. 

The most recent example in the UK is the mobile phone company Orange who were apparently persuaded to drop a promotional ticket offer to the UK's Zippos Circus by the self proclaimed vegan animal-rights group The Captive Animals Protection Society (CAPS). 

Tuesday, 12 March 2013

Three Little Pigs...

In recent months we have had the dubious pleasure of chronicling a variety of activities on the part of our friends the Animal Rights activists, ranging from the unwise to the simply criminal. If it was not for them, our lives would be very dull indeed.
American AR groups paying someone to bear false witness against a US Circus and getting gratifyingly sued; the ADI in this country hiring a criminal to break and enter into private property; the RSPCA, seemingly the bastion of Animal Welfarism, turning coat and clamouring for the vigilante punishment of farm workers – one does not know whether to laugh or cry. We have always been aware of the AR groups being capable of behaviours and attitudes well outside the scope of what we file under “normal”.
However, they still keep surprising us. This time, they have ventured into what can only be described as “completely insane”.

Picture this: A tiny school in a rural part of Suffolk decides that it is important for its pupils to understand where food comes from. In a county where pig farms are abundant, they elect to rear three piglets on their premises. The children will look after the animals and watch them grow until they are ready for slaughter. In this way, they will learn about the lives of the animals and also forge a mental link between the meat on their plate and the creatures which it comes from.