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"For more than 30 years I have had the honor and the privilege of living and working with some of the most magnificent animals in the world, the Asian elephants with Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey. I have also had the opportunity to personally witness the outstanding care and the deep commitment shared by everyone with the circus for the elephants’ health and well-being. It’s with that background that I offer a response to Robin Starr’s recent opinion ('Ban Bullhooks: Make Richmond safe for elephants').
While I am sure the Richmond SPCA provides fine care for homeless dogs and cats in the city, based on her comments, clearly Starr has little or no experience or knowledge about actually caring for elephants... " Read the full article below:
'Bullhook' has been mischaracterized - Richmond Times-Dispatch: Their Opinion
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 Or follow us on Twitter: @RousterAstley