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.
A quote that is worth noting in the article is that:
"The Humane Society of America, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, and the Oakland Zoo all support the proposed ordinance."Now whatever zoos and their personnel may feel about circuses, one thing that needs to be made clear is that zoos keeping elephants in 'open contact' will use tools such as an ankus - or as the animal-rights activist like to call it: a bullhook; these groups know it is important to emotionally label objects that meet their disapproval hence terms such as 'concrete prisons' when describing some zoo and aquarium exhibits. (Read more)
Astley's Legacy was formed to counter the misinformation and propaganda spread by animal rights activists. As well as fighting the corner for circus animals and their trainers, we are here to promote and celebrate the cultural heritage of circus in general, and especially in the country of its birth - Great Britain. For more information please see our Facebook group https://www.facebook.com/groups/223570581049199
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