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, 30 October 2013

Screw Off Scrooge! - Soper Hall Won't be Intimidated

Yesterday CAPS (Captive Animals Protection Society) revealed on Facebook its outrage when Soper Hall refused to back down when faced with their anti-reindeer campaign. Soper Hall have reindeer, a domesticated breed of this species of deer that have a long history of being bred and farmed in the UK, booked for their Christmas Fair. In an action the radical group called "arrogant" Soper Hall, who called the "concerns" voiced by CAPS as "ridiculous", made this factually accurate assessment of CAPS:
"I imagine the complainers don't eat meat, never wear leather and object to horse racing".
This is very true of CAPS who notably do not refute this statement in their Facebook post. Why should they? They have admitted to being a vegan group and are in opposition to all these other practices speculated on by Soper Hall.

CAPS are actively opposed to the use of animals in any form of entertainment and, being supporters of the animal rights movement, have an agenda that will probably extend to the entire concept of animal usage. That means pet ownership. CAPS have campaigned and endorsed animal rights groups who have not hidden their desire to see the total eradication of domesticated animals, including "non-human animal companions" as they prefer to call what we know as "pets".

Tuesday, 29 October 2013

On Your Bike: The RSPCA Joins CAPS

 One thing is clear, that through the stupidity of the UK government, the RSPCA and its friends in the animal-rights movement feel they now have a license to attack any form of animal display that does not meet its narrow, animal-rights agenda.
In a recent blog we exposed the hypocrisy of the UK government in its rejection of any form of compromise as to what species of wild animals could be used in a circus if, or  when, the proposed ban of wild animals comes into play in 2015.

Rouster made the valid point that the current legislation is not clear as to what is (or is not) a wild animal from definitions provided by
such legislation as the Dangerous Wild Animals Act and the Zoo Licensing Act

As we pointed out, there are many animals that may not be wild and/or indigenous to the UK but who do not require any form of licensing and are freely available as pets or farm animals.  Yet these same animals would be banned from the circus ring, but not other animal entertainment or leisure events. 

Wednesday, 23 October 2013

The wild animal circus ban, or when is a wild animal not a wild animal?

The question to ask is why it appears the government is seeking out the prohibition of some 'wild' animals in circuses whilst appearing not to apply the same rules to the same animals use in other public entertainment and leisure events.
As some will know, the UK government has brought forward a proposed bill to ban all wild animals from UK circuses from 2015. As a provisional measure in December 2012, it introduced a codified welfare inspection and licensing system for all circuses displaying wild animals. Currently two British circuses hold such licenses.

Despite the fact, that even in its latest response to consultation the government states within the first paragraphs that:

"...the Government's position that there remains insufficient evidence, in line with the findings of the 2007 'Radford Report', for a ban on welfare grounds."
It still plans to go ahead with the proposed ban.

Wednesday, 16 October 2013

CAPS Cancels Christmas: Rudolf's Redundant

Once again, CAPS does not disappoint in its use of an ideological animal rights agenda; whilst ignoring the reality of the animal welfare standards for species such as reindeer provided by licensed and lawful enterprises such as circuses.
Our jovial and self-styled 'animal-rights and vegan supporting' friends at the Captive Animal's Protection Society (CAPS) are again trying to ensure that those who make a living working with animals have a miserable festive season.  Not content with wanting zoos, circuses and the pet trade banned, they also wish to spoil the harmless enjoyment of children 'of all ages' seeing reindeer and other animals at Christmas fairs and similar events.