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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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Tuesday, 25 November 2014
ADI and Gillian McKeith. Smelling the bull-shit
Proof (if it was ever needed) of the relationship between pseudoscience and the animal rights movement. Animal Defenders International (ADI) are actively promoting the fact that they have invited the 'nutritionist' Gillian McKeith to the viewing of their film Lion Ark a film portraying their 'rescue' of animals from a Bolivian circus.
Referred to as That Awful Poo Lady by scientist and author Dr Ben Goldacre (in deference to her fascination at looking at people's faeces on her television programmes in scenes reminiscent of physicians in Alan Bennett's play The Madness of King George) McKeith was well known on British television for many years for her 'nutritional advice' to members of the public. Despite public criticism of her scientific methodology her downfall only came when it was revealed that Dr McKeith was in fact not a doctor and that she had paid for her diploma - Goldacre managed to obtain the same diploma for his cat. This curtailed her career as an adviser on nutrition and health in the mainstream media; McKeith eventually dropped her title 'doctor' from her websites.
The fact that ADI would openly promote this individual supporting one of their events suggests their singular lack of understanding on how damaging such an association could be construed to anyone with a rational view of science and or medicine. However, as stated, anyone who has watched the antics of this organisation has been fully aware for some time that they have very little interest in objective science and particularly any science that involves animal welfare. Once again confirming that their organisation is primarily concerned with animal rights and its political ideology and not animal welfare.
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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