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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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Friday, 21 March 2014

Animal Rights and The Big Lie

Rouster welcomes articles from within the Circus community and we have been sent this piece by Aerial artiste and Painter, Terry Bunton.

In my ever growing historical paintings art business, I use my exhibition events to further campaign to promote and help to preserve Traditional Circus with animals. The feedback I have received has told me in no uncertain terms that the vast majority of the public want to see good quality circus with lots of animal content. I have never had any particularly bad feedback from anti-circus people. Those who have been dubious have been taught the truth informatively and you can guess that the fastest selling paintings of my originals are those of particularly wild and exotic animal acts. So why have the antis seemingly come so  far, when I know the general feeling is support for, and a love of, traditional circus with animals, which is a part of our generic National culture and memory bank? 

I know that queues are often longer on traditional animal circuses, and have often heard people tell me that they do not go to circus anymore, because they think they have all done away with animal acts!

Speaking as a former trapeze artist and as a circus painter, I want to share what I have learned from leading campaigner’s for and against traditional circus, the public in general and my own observations from 25 years working with top circus families in the United Kingdom and across Europe.