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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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Wednesday, 8 October 2014

The RSPCA Admits Support of the Animal Rights Group CAPS

 "...Our friends at CAPS (Captive Animal Protection Society) may also be putting on protests so worth checking with them. Thanks so much!..."
RSPCA Facebook page 8 October 2014

The Royal Society for the Protection of Animals (RSPCA) has admitted that it supports the Captive Animal Protection Society (CAPS) - an animal-rights group that is committed to not just the closure of animal circuses but to zoos, aquariums and the pet trade.  This is, of course, not news to Rouster who has been reporting the close association the RSPCA has with the animal-right movement for some time.

The current poster campaign to ban wild animals in British circuses by the  RSPCA carries a quote from animal-rights supporter Peter Singer.  As reported earlier in these blogs Singer coined the term 'animal-rights' and is seen by many as the founder of this political ideology.  However, and more interestingly, he is a long-term member of the RSPCA and a Honorary vice-president which the RSPCA state:

"...are chosen because of their commitment to animal welfare, to the aims of the RSPCA and for their ability to use their influence for the benefit of animals...

It is no wonder that there is a growing body of concern regarding what exactly the RSPCA's agenda is and this latest revelation seems to suggest that this organisation is playing little heed to many animal lovers concerns in the direction this charity is heading.


The British government admits that it cannot ban animals in circuses on welfare grounds but under pressure from the animal-rights lobby is trying to ban circus animals via a rather dubious 'ethical' route.

"...The 2007 Radford Report on circus animals concluded that there was insufficient scientific evidence to demonstrate that travelling circuses are unable to meet the welfare needs of wild animals presently being used in the United Kingdom. That position has not changed. Consequently, we are now looking at the means by which a ban could be introduced on ethical ground..."  Written Ministerial Statement. Minister of State for Agriculture and Food (James Paice) 1 March 2012
Since 2012 all British circuses with wild animals have had to be inspected and licensed under the Welfare of Wild Animals in Travelling Circuses (England) Regulations.

Further Reading:

RSPCA Corporate Cannibals?

RSPCA Finds Nothing Wrong with Animal Circuses - But They Still Oppose Them 

Horses for Courses but not Circuses  

Animal in Circuses: Regulation Not Banning 

Peta vs Animals

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
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