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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, 20 July 2016

The Review of the Welfare of Wild Animals in Circuses – Far from Impartial? Part 1



A review of the welfare of wild animals in circuses, which was commissioned by the Welsh Assembly, has finally been published.  It will come as no surprise to many, including Rouster, that the whole exercise was going to be a “greenwash” in favour of the animal-rights lobby. 

See:
Is Welsh Assembly trying to 'fix' a circus animals ban?


First, the lead scientist, Professor Stephen Harris, chosen to undertake this review has co-authored a paper in 2009 condemning the use of wild animals in circuses; a situation that should have at least challenged his scientific neutrality on this issue.  He also has a reputation for involvement with various animal-rights lobby groups including The League against Cruel Sports (LACS).  This association and his long-term friendship with a leading member this organisation caused a court case in 2015 to be dismissed and brought into judgement his objectivity is an independent witness.