“The Government have promised to enforce a ban, then used an Austrian case as a get out clause…it’s stupid there is absolutely nothing stopping the UK Government from implementing a ban apart from their own stupid red herrings. It’s costing a fortune for the licence system when it would have cost nothing had they just used the amended Animal & Welfare Act to implement a ban.
“I’ve already done a lot of work regarding a ban, now it’s just getting F-ing ridiculous, makes me not proud to live in a Country that will probably be the last in the worl, to ban wild animals in circuses; when it should have been the first, as they have had years worth of undercover video to prove the beatings etc. I’m overwhelmed & shock at their disrespect for the majority of British public & back bench Ministers who want a ban on wild animals in circuses”
Owners say proposal is ‘disrespectful’ and could drive them out of business…“Good”
A plan to force circuses to license all their lions, tigers and elephants – thrashed out after the Government shelved an outright ban on performing wild animals – could still drive many circuses out of business, owners have warned.
Circus representatives told ministers the compromise was “disrespectful”, imposed unreasonable costs and would stop them hitting animals to control and train them. Notes from a secret meeting between the sides, obtained by The Independent on Sunday, show that circuses were also angered by a government press statement headed “Animals deserve our respect”.
Animal-rights activists insisted the documents confirmed their “long-held concerns about the welfare of wild animals in circuses”.
The official report of the meeting, between senior figures from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, three circuses, the Performing Animals Welfare Standards International and the Classical Circus Association, said the costs to circuses were too high and “unreasonable”, given that a ban was still possible, and that the costs should be absorbed by the Government.
The document also reported that the circus delegates had complained that “no hitting at all ignores various circumstances (such as breaking up fights)”, and that “keeping animals in exercise areas overnight [was] not possible or safe”. “Exactly, they are wild animals & should not be used for entertainment, if i was poked & prodded I would get pretty upset & want to plant someone…in the animals case…perhaps take off a leg or arm!!”
It added: “Animals have to be chained so that keepers can sleep. Tethers (chain or otherwise) are not only appropriate but vital. Elephants will sleep for five to ten hours every day as a minimum – [keepers] can’t sit and guard them for that time.”Well God forbid the keepers don’t get any sleep…F-ing stupid response”
One delegate, who asked not to be named, said: “We put forward constructive proposals, but there was no movement. They are asking us to pay to be licensed for three years and then banned at the end of it.”Why shouldn’t they pay?? Christ I have to pay a TV Licence to watch TV, along millions of other people…its all looking like like the circuses are only interested in the money they will lose, not the welfare of their animals…which should be the case!”
But Will Travers, chief executive of the Born Free Foundation, said the document showed that circuses “clearly want to continue to be able to hit animals under certain circumstances, to chain animals overnight and keep [them] in tiny spaces”. “That sums up a circus quite nicely Will, thanks!”
MPs called for a blanket ban last year, after well-publicised cases of animal cruelty in British circuses, but the Government initially opposed the move, fearing lawsuits from disgruntled owners. Robin Hargreaves, the president-elect of the British Veterinary Association, said: “The BVA has strongly supported a ban because we believe the welfare needs of non-domesticated, wild animals cannot be met within the environment of a travelling circus.” “If vets say the welfare of animals can’t be met, then they can’t be met, time to say bye bye to circuses. If only the public would stop going, I really can’t understand how, after all the documented brutality to the animals…that public still want to go!”
Martin Burton, owner of Zippo’s Circus – which does not use wild animals – said: “There are animal rights activists who lie and cheat and cause harm, but it is the circuses that the Government comes after.” Well of course a circus owner is going to say that..but pictures or video can only show & tell the truth!”
“Take a look at how animals are treated, then ask yourself whether it is fair to support the cruelty they face on a daily basis?”
Uploaded by animaldefenders on 5 Dec 2006
The Truth About The
Treatment of Animals In Circuses
Filmed by Animal Defenders International,
this video lifts the lid on the use and abuse
of animals in entertainment.
• the violence used to train and control
• the small cages, temporary pens, and
chains the animals live and die in
• the long journeys
• the unnatural conditions
• the animals driven out of their minds
by boredom and deprivation
“There is only one sure fire way of stopping animals from being beaten in circuses around the world…
“THAT’S FOR THE PUBLIC TO STOP GOING…IT’S IN YOUR HANDS …SO BLOODY DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT…TAKING A CHILD TO A CIRCUS WILL ONLY TEACH THEM THAT IT’S OK FOR WILD ANIMALS OR ANY OTHER ANIMALS TO LIVE LIKE THAT…TAKE THEM TO A WELL A WILD LIFE SANCTUARY – THEY WILL LEARN MUCH MORE ABOUT THE ANIMALS THERE, PROMISE!!!”