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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Sunday, 13 December 2015

Former Ringling employees speak out on animals in the circus!

Ringling Bros.-Barnum & Bailey Combined Shows, Inc

Rouster thought that this article – which first appeared on Facebook – was worth bringing to a wider audience.  For many years the animal-rights movement have used former employees of circuses and other animal establishments to make claims about the alleged animal abuse within these institutions.  In many cases, these allegations are brought about by formers employees who have some form of axe to grind with their former employers or by persons who have been paid to make such claims by the animal-rights industry.  However, nothing is generally heard from the thousands of employees (or former employees) who work for organisations such as circuses, who tell a very different story about the high levels of care and commitment circus animals receive on a daily basis.  Perhaps the public should take far more notice of these endorsements than the distortions and lies from groups such as PeTA.

Tuesday, 17 November 2015

Oh My! George Takei and the Elephant in the Room.

It's always very disappointing when yet another actor decides to make statements in an area they have so little actual qualification to assess. The latest celebrity to go down this path is the actor most famous for his part in the original Star Trek television series George Takei. In a recent posting on his Facebook page regarding an elephant video that is circulating on social media he stated:

"...Elephants are incredibly empathic and intelligent creatures. They belong in the wild, or at least in sanctuaries such as this, and not in circuses or amusement parks..." 

Wednesday, 28 October 2015

Rouster’s Continuing List of Hypocritical Celebrities - Roger Moore

Recently, Rouster continued their intermittent exploration of celebrities who could be described as hypocrites. These are individuals who have no issue decrying the use of trained animals in circuses and other entertainment yet are quite happy to have their talents used in film and television productions that feature not only trained animals but animals that may have been trained by circus animal trainers.
With the opening of the latest James Bond epic "Spectre" perhaps it would be appropriate to examine the film and television career of yet another celebrity hypocrite, former James Bond actor Roger Moore.

Friday, 23 October 2015

ADI: Sorry There's Been An Error About Our Charitable Status

Animal Defenders International (ADI) are a well-known animal-rights lobby organisation familiar to many readers of this blog. Their most recent televised appearance in the UK was to provide a representative to put forward the organisation's well-known opposition to animals, in what they describe as, entertainment – although this now seems to encompass just not circuses but also zoos. The program was ITV's This Morning hosted by Phillip Schofield and Amanda Holden and related to the animal trainer Thomas Chipperfield's touring show with trained big cats entitled "An Evening with Lions and Tigers". The interview became notorious for the fact that Amanda Holden became quite aggressive in her line of questioning of Thomas Chipperfield, which resulted in the actress being obliged to apologise to viewers in the latter part of the interview.

Wednesday, 21 October 2015

Celebrity Hypocrites - The award goes to Amanda Holden!

Regular readers will recall that not so long ago Rouster decided it would be useful to compile a list of celebrities who, during their professional careers, have been involved with trained animals and did not see the hypocrisy of also siding with animal-rights campaigners against the use of such animals in performance in film, theatre and, of course, the circus. Just to refresh readers memories we list our top 10 celebrities.

Rouster's Top 10 Celebrity Hypocrites

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It has been noticed that we, in fact, left out a number one celebrity in our list. Who could have this special spot? Virginia McKenna for the way she has used her career-saving appearance in "Born Free" with trained wild animals to create a "charity" that gets funds for fighting against the industry of training animals? Roger Moore for working with trained animals in a lot of his films - most notably "Octopussy" that featured an animal circus? No, as fate would have it, we now have somebody who we feel can be awarded this place. 

Therefore, this award goes to Amanda Holden.


Monday, 10 August 2015

CAPS Now Targets Direct Action Against Zoos

If anybody would like to see an example of why we have been warning fellow colleagues in the zoo world that they should be concerned at the attack on circus animals one does not have to look much further than events this weekend that took place at Twycross zoo. On Saturday, 8 August 2015, a small group of protesters from the Captive Animal Protection Society (CAPS) staged a protest outside the zoo. The police were called because the protesters were apparently stopping cars from entering the zoo's property.

Wednesday, 5 August 2015

The Mystery of Merlin the Circus Donkey That Never Was.

"Nellie" the elephant may well have packed her trunk and said goodbye to the circus but in the case of "Merlin" the donkey this never happened because he was never in a circus in the first place.

Anyone who was on Facebook with an interest in circuses on the night of 4 August 2015 would have been alerted to to a link by the donkey and horse sanctuary in Cornwall called the Flicka Foundation. In a posting, this group made an allegation that one of their donkeys "Merlin" was rescued from an abusive situation in a circus. The Foundation also made various "factual" claims regarding abuse in circuses in general. Unfortunately they could not provide any references or evidence supporting this position. Due to this a number of circus supporters politely commented on this thread posting various facts and examples of why we did not believe that in general circuses with animals are by their nature cruel.

Friday, 31 July 2015

Open Letter: Confidence Industry Or Conservation?


Ron Thomson is an ex-game warden and retired national parks board director. He has 46 years experience in southern African wildlife management affairs including 28 years of full-time service in various national park departments and 3 years working as a professional hunter. He now writes books "to create a better informed public" - better informed, that is, about the realities of wildlife management. One of his books has been prescribed reading for the Higher Diploma in Nature Conservation for the last 15 years - an academic course offered to serving wildlife field officers by the Tshwane University of Technology. For more than 20 years he was a Member of the British Institute of Biology and a Chartered Biologist for the European Union.  He has vast experience in both the theoretical AND the practical application of big game management - especially elephant management.  Two of his past posts were: (1) The Provincial Game Warden i/c. of what is now Zimbabwe's Hwange National Park - one of Africa's biggest and most prestigious game reserves; and (2) The Director of the Bophuthatswana National Parks Board (in the 1980s).

Saturday, 4 July 2015

Animal Defenders International & The Wild Animal Sanctuary

In February 2015, Rouster highlighted the further antics of the animal-rights business Animal Defenders International (ADI) fronted by Jan Creamer and her partner Tim Phillips. In a blog entitled Lions Are for Life, Not Just the Fundraising, we revealed that ADI had employed the services of the animal-rights friendly Daily Mirror to promote its latest £200,000 fundraising campaign. This new campaign was to relocate lions (and other animals) that had been seized with the collusion of the Peruvian government from ostensibly circuses for relocation to The Wild Animal Sanctuary in the United States.

The blog also highlighted Animal Defenders International's deteriorating relationship with the Longleat Safari Park in regards to its assistance in the rehoming of the former circus elephant Anne.

In a not unfamiliar scenario, it now appears that - as with Longleat Safari Park - the relationship between The Wild Animal Sanctuary (TWAS) and ADI has also broken down, acrimoniously. Reproduced below is a statement from the founder of TWAS, Pat Craig, giving his side of this story regarding the collapse in the relationship of his rescue centre with Animal Defenders International.

Wednesday, 6 May 2015

Death on the beach

Photo by Sefton Coast Landscape Partnership Scheme
A sad story about the failure to rescue and rehabilitate a porpoise on the British coast despite the efforts of many was recently reported at Burnham-on-Sea. However, perhaps even sadder is the fact that this animal is possibilities of life have being curtailed by the insidious encroachment of animal-rights into the animal welfare movement in the UK.

Not many people are aware that since the demise via regulation of dolphinaria in the UK there is no available facilities that are able (or more disturbingly willing) to try and rehabilitate stranded cetaceans on the British coast. Of course, many of these animals may well be too large for any sustained and dedicated rehabilitation process but certainly smaller cetaceans such as the harbour porpoise and smaller dolphins this prospect is viable.

Tuesday, 10 March 2015

Bring on the Dancing Elephants?

The Mirror is a UK daily tabloid newspaper. As with many tabloid newspapers the standards of journalistic reporting can sometimes be rather disappointing but a recent article regarding the issue of animals in circuses plumbs new depths of banality where impartiality appears not to be given a second thought. In fact, reading this particular article the reader could be forgiven that you have stumbled across an advertising feature paid for by an animal-rights group not the objective reporting of a national newspaper.

The article was written by journalist 
Federica Cocco and headlined "Circus animals: everyone wants to save them except these three Tory MPs". It was reporting the alleged ongoing controversy of a proposed ban in Britain of the use of wild animals in circus presentations.

Thursday, 26 February 2015

Lions Are For Life, Not Just For Fundraising

For those of you who follow these pages the animal-rights business Animal Defenders International (ADI) needs no introduction, British-based and set up by anti-vivisectionists including ADI's President and founder *Jan Creamer and her partner Tim Phillips. The business actively campaigns against the use of wild animals and amongst its targets are zoos, wildlife parks, animals in entertainment and film and, of course, animals in circuses.

Their most recent appeal has been for the sum of £200,000 recently highlighted in a news article in the U.K.'s Mirror newspaper.  The raised money is for the means to sustain and then transport a number of lions from Peru to an 'animal sanctuary' in the United States.

Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Call to Stop Bullying a Minority

You would think that the father of the mayor of London and the UK's best-selling tabloid would have more serious targets than a closely regulated and tiny family industry. We live in an age where the threat of extremist ideas is terrifyingly real. In fact, terrorist attacks, terrorist executions on our front door and the threat of losing our freedom either through fear of upsetting a militant minority or laws intended to protect us have come to determine the evils of our time. With more people moving towards nationalistic and downright racist political ideologies in response to economic pressures, you would think that responsible people in positions of influence - such as journalists and the media in general - would decide to take a good hard look at the issue of persecution. Yet both the writer Stanley Johnson and the "people's newspaper", The Sun, decided they would have a shot at another minority today. And who are they championing as they attack this minority? An animal rights group with a confirmed employment record of a convicted felon, who was prosecuted with possession of a firearm with intent to injure or kill.