Soft Animal-Rights is all around us. In most cases, it is a cynical form of virtue signalling. Celebrities and people in the animal world are lured by it. The idea is that if you give some ground to ideologists (as opposed to just sticking with progressive science-based animal welfare) they will either leave you alone or help bolster your public image. The problem is that AR ideology is an unavoidably extremist cause and once you step into it you will find that is very hard to justify half-measures. Furthermore, you will find yourself in a crazy reality that you helped foster.
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, 10 November 2017
Animal Defenders International Get It Wrong: All Animals Have Not Been Banned By Law From Italian Circuses.
Animal Defenders International (ADI) is well known for their gratuitous and congratulatory self-promotion. Promoting themselves as key players in animal welfare where in fact they are no more than yet another ideologically driven animal rights business.
Their most recent pronouncement was that the Italian government has decided to ban the use of all animals in circuses. Animal Defenders International state:
"The final vote on the bill to phase out ALL animals in circuses and travelling shows took place on November 8th 2017 in the Assembly of the Italian Parliament and is now law! Rules for implementation of the new legislation to phase out all animals in circuses will be set out within one year by a Ministerial decree."
This statement is untrue. In an address to the Italian Parliament (in regulations that relate to the performing arts) it was suggested that circuses would discontinue animal acts. The Italian Senate will sit again in March and if this regulation does go through circuses will have three years to remove animal acts.
Friday, 16 June 2017
The Scottish Parliament has continued to collate opinions about their proposed ban on wild animals in circuses. On 13 June 2017, it was the opportunity of the animal-rights movement to present evidence. For those who have followed this process they would be aware that Martin Burton of Zippos Circus suggested at a Parliamentary committee meeting, that the new legislation proposed by the Scottish Parliament could in fact mean the end of zoos. This was reported widely in the media.
Monday, 12 June 2017
|Thomas Chipperfield on the cover of The Telegraph Magazine.|
As many know from our recent blog, the Scottish government is planning to introduce a bill to ban performing animals in travelling circuses. Below we reproduce a letter from Thomas Chipperfield who is the UK's only current big cat trainer working in a travelling circus. This is a copy of a letter he has sent to the Scottish; Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee. We are grateful to Thomas Chipperfield for allowing us to reproduce it here.
Wednesday, 7 June 2017
As many know from our recent blog, the Scottish government is planning to introduce a bill to ban performing animals in travelling circuses. In a similar vein to the British government, the Scottish governments say they wish to ban this activity based on ethical grounds. The British government made the point they could not ban animals in circuses on welfare grounds because it was not supported by the available science. But what exactly do they mean by ethics? In addition, what is the opinion of a qualified academic regarding this matter?
Below we reproduce a letter from Professor Ron Beadle who is Professor of Organisation and Business Ethics at Northumbria University. This is a copy of a letter he has sent to the Scottish environment change in land reform committee. We are grateful to Professor Ron Beadle allowing us to reproduce it here.
Wednesday, 24 May 2017
For those who do not know yet, the Scottish Parliament have published a bill to ban the use of wild animals in travelling circuses. With all the pressing matters arising from the impending Brexit; a debate over a second referendum on Scottish independence; recent acts of terrorism occurring in Britain*; immigration issues; foreign policy debates; concerns of educational cuts; problems with the National Health Service; and the inherent challenges met by an ageing population; it’s nice to know that our politicians want to tackle such an urgent matter as the banning of a minority animal enterprise that has regularly met its English regulatory standards.
Wednesday, 20 July 2016
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 organization caused a court case in 2015 to be dismissed and brought into judgment his objectivity is an independent witness.
Friday, 26 February 2016
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
Friday, 29 January 2016
The debate over hunting with hounds (foxhunting) has been the subject protest over the years. In 2005 and following pressure from various animal-rights lobby groups, the British government banned foxhunting – this followed a similar ban in Scotland in 2002.