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"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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Thursday, 12 December 2013

Circus Wild Animal Trainer Helps the SPCA?

No, you didn't read that wrong. It seems that a kind-hearted member of our circus community has put differences to one side - perhaps in the spirit of this festive season - and come to the aid of one its staunchest opponents. However, fear not. This is not some naive soul won over by "soft" animal rights dogma, as we have seen happen to often in the zoo fraternity. Casey, our man in South Africa, recognized that by donating animal food to this "non-profit" organization he had some say over where his hard-earned money would go.

SPCA International are a global organization that go under the guise of being "animal welfare" orientated rather than rights, but much like the similarly named RSPCA in the UK, the group is heavily involved in political activities and oppose certain legal animal professions such as animal circuses. Unlike various other legitimate animal welfare charities, such as SSPCA, PDSA, The Blue

Tuesday, 3 December 2013

Animal Rights Crawls into the Courtroom Again

As more naive academics muddy the waters with their own perverse ideas of ethics, sugar-coated with sentimentalism the animal rights legal train rolls on. We are living in a time where India has declared dolphins "non-human persons" and the Great Ape Project has gained support for laws granting chimpanzees and orang-utans rights in some European countries. In the UK a law banning wild animals in travelling circuses is being processed for 2015 in shameless disregard of the conclusions of a government commissioned scientific report. Despite using terrorist tactics, animal rights has always gone hand-in-hand with lawyers. Getting prosecutions - no matter how unsuccessful - has been a staple tactic of many groups. The below link demonstrates that the slippery slope argument is justly applied as the Non-human Rights Project seek to turn chimpanzees into legal persons in a move to free them from captivity. Animal welfare law professor, Richard Cupp, certainly thinks so:

"If NhRP is successful in New York, it could be a significant step toward upending millennia of law defining animals as property and could set off a 'chain reaction' that could bleed over to other jurisdictions"

Lawsuits Could Turn Chimpanzees Into Legal Persons | Science/AAAS | News

Monday, 2 December 2013

Hitting Back at the Hollywood Reporter

 The International Animal Welfare Association has hit back at a scathing critique of the American Humane Association. Not to be confused with the radical and highest earning animal rights organization, the Humane Society of the United States, the AHA are a long established and respected body that protects the welfare of animals on film sets. As animal rights groups step up their radical agenda through such films as "Speciesism: The Movie" and "Blackfish", and bans on wild animals in circus, the movie industry would be the next to suffer from their persistent chipping...