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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). 

They gleefully stated on their web site:

In what was perhaps the quickest victory ever, just one hour after raising concerns with Orange over their promotion of Zippo’s Circus as part of their 2-4-1 tickets scheme, the company removed the promotions from their site, having not realised the circus uses animals.

Zippos Circus does display animals but only domestic ones and primarily horses - animals that are unlikely ever to be banned from either sport or leisure events such as country fairs or indeed circuses.  Moreover, this circus has an exemplary record of care for its animals and this was openly demonstrated in a documentary about the workings of the Scottish Society for the Protection of Animals (SSPCA) last year. 

Zippos also continues to perform to large crowds during its tour and, therefore, is probably more irritated, than concerned, at any lack of business from loss of promotional ticket sales.

However, this recent case again should act as a warning to all those working within the animal display and sport industries who may be functioning under some false feeling of confidence that they will not be the next targets of CAPS and other extremist organisations working under the false flag of animal welfare. 

CAPS itself makes it very clear that it plans the closure of not just animal circuses but zoos, animals in entertainment, film and television and pet keeping. Other groups such as Animal Defenders International also have similar agendas that go well beyond the banning of animals in circuses.

Although these campaigns have not been as successful in duping the officials and the public as in the Orange ticket promotion. CAPS failed miserably to stop the building of a new aquarium in Manchester last year, which now opens in June this year.

As far as the uses of horses is concerned their appears little ambiguity in CAPS position as is revealed in their weasel words to a supporter on their Facebook page in August 2012.

Perhaps Orange should reflect on its rash decision and the message it is sending to other extremist organizations that plan to intimidate it. It should also be minded to the hypocrisy it is displaying as it openly promotes horse and greyhound racing on its news feeds.

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