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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Friday, 26 February 2016

Circus Ban in Wales. Begging The Big Question

Campbell has always declared an interest in the animal-rights movement and a cursory glance at his Twitter feed aptly demonstrates his eagerness to promote animal-rights groups such as The Born Free Foundation and the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PeTA)

The media love controversy and if it involves animals and allegations of cruelty, they love it even more.  The circus is no stranger to this situation despite the fact that bona fide independent research demonstrates that the welfare of animals in well-run circus is not compromised.  This fact was accepted by the British government when they announced a muted and yet to be implemented ban on wild animals in British circuses. 

"...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..." Minister of State for Agriculture and Food (James Paice) 1 March 2012