It is a sad fact that most of the “information” available to the public about animals in Circus is generated by people and organisations with no links whatsoever nor personal knowledge of Circus.
Extremists (who believe that any human interaction with animals is an abomination) use ancient, foreign or doctored photos to “prove” that animals are being mistreated. Organisations, whose funding depends on the public believing that animals need their financial support, launch campaigns based on catchy slogans and very little factual content. The public are bombarded with misinformation trying to convince them that atrocities are taking place – and that they need to pay, pay and pay some more to stop them.
Meanwhile, Circus animals and trainers are subjected to what can only be classified as terrorism.
Verbal abuse, threats, vandalism and even attacks on the animals themselves – the extremists are willing to take any steps to “stop the cruelty”. It is a mad situation.
Extremists who think that it is appropriate to throw fireworks at horses to spook them prior to a performance “so that the public will know how stressed they are”, are unwilling to visit the same horses in their stables to see that they are not stressed or mistreated at all, because “they do not want to co-operate with animal abusers”. There is no reasoning with them, no explaining that the “information” they are operating on does not have any connection with the real world.
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 https://www.facebook.com/groups/223570581049199
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