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, 16 July 2014

Rouster’s Top 10 Hypocritical Anti-Circus Celebrities (Number 2)

Ricky Gervais 

– 28% of the vote


Ricky Gervais began his career as a pop singer, but later reinvented himself as a comedian/chat show host. He was part of a new wave of comedy writers/performers who embraced Steve Coogan and Larry David’s pseudo-realistic brand of humour. Along with long-time writing partner, Steven Merchant, Gervais made his way into mainstream acceptance via “The Office” TV series then “Extras”, “The Ricky Gervais Show”, “Idiot Abroad” and the movie, “Cemetery Junction”.  Most of their work on “The Office” and “Extras” received high critical acclaim, and they both gained awards. Gervais also has toured with several stand-up comedy shows. Gervais went on to create the tragi-comic series “Derek”, the children’s books “Flanimals” and also starred and guest starred in a few feature length US films. 

Rouster’s Top 10 Hypocritical Anti-Circus Celebrities (Number 3)

Simon Cowell 

– 21% of the vote


Simon Cowell was born to a father who was an executive of EMI Music Publishing and a socialite mother. He rose to also become an Artists and Repertoire executive in the music industry. He eventually earned a reputation as a hard, critical and blunt judge with one-liners on the talent show, “Pop Idol”. Much of this onscreen personality, it has been stated, comes from his coaching via one of his former employees, the famous publicist, Max Clifford. Following the success of “Pop Idol”, “American Idol” and “X Factor”, Cowell’s company, Syco went into developing more talent TV shows. 

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Zoological Collections and Animal-Rights

An excellent post on the Marine Animal Welfare blog.

Some zoological collections and their staff think there is nothing wrong with supporting or forming alliances with the animal-right movement.  To this end, I commented about this some weeks ago with reference to the sheer gullibility of some zoo and aquarium keepers in voicing their support for the film 'Blackfish'.  

Recently another example of this folly can be observed in an article regarding the Ringlings Brother Circus and a proposed ban on the ankus by Oakland City Council.

Wednesday, 2 July 2014

Animal Rights: The Funding Gap & Moving The Goal Posts

Much to the angst of the animal-rights lobbyists - such as Animal Defenders International (ADI) and the Captive Animals Protection Society (CAPS) - the UK government seems to have decided its muted ban on performing wild animals in circus is not of enough importance to merit mention in the Queen's Speech, a Parliamentary tradition that lays out forthcoming Parliamentary legislation.  Therefore this suggested ban is unlikely to gain any momentum this side of the 2015 UK General Election.