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, 22 May 2013

The General Public & Animal Circuses

English: Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Ci...
English: Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus train in Safety Harbor, Florida, (U.S.) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Often the debate is waged over whether the British and the Irish are more culturally akin to their European neighbours or whether they have more in common with their American cousins. Whichever you choose, there is little denying that the British invention of the traditional circus is still very much a part of the culture of Europe and America. Just across the channel, in the great nation of France, traditional circus is so loved that several large shows traditionally stand on the same ground at Christmas knowing that the general public will come to see all of them. Great circus families like Gruss and Pinder are household names and powerful brands. The great Cirque d'hiver ("Winter Circus") building still stands to this day and entertains packed houses on a regular basis.
Coming out of the south of France and into the Principality of Monaco and you will find that Circus has a very serious royal patronage. The Monte Carlo Circus Festival has been a well-attended, high class, annual festival and competition since 1976. Many wild animal acts have won the coveted silver and gold clowns over the years, and to this day are met by standing ovations. The festival was started by Prince Rainier III and is still going strong under Prince Albert II and Princess Stephanie. Most Italians know the Orfei circus family like the UK know the Beckhams, and other traditional circus families like the Tognis also enjoy similar celebrity status.

Tuesday, 14 May 2013

RSPCA: Corporate Cannibals?

Mr Grant, do you accept that people in the RSPCA are frightened of you? What do you say to those who say you have created a “culture of fear” and that no one dare speak out against you?  The Spectator, 31 January, 2013

Many will be shocked at the suicide of a former RSPCA Inspector turned animal-welfare whistle blower Dawn Aubrey-Ward.

Aubrey-Ward had become appalled by what she considered the senseless killing of many unwanted but otherwise healthy animals by her then employers the RSPCA.  She was so uneasy with the fact that she decided to report her concerns to the UK's Daily Mail newspaper in December 2012

This was much to the annoyance of the RSPCA and according to The Times newspaper they responded by making public attacks on her character, implying that she was a liar motivated by malice.

The day before she took her life she posted on Facebook: “That’s it, I give up, I am unemployed, broke struggling and allegedly ‘damaged’.