Push to reinstate ban on circus animals performing on Gold Coast City Council-owned properties

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ANDREW POTTS, EXCLUSIVE, Gold Coast Bulletin; September 4, 2016 3:00pm

A CITY hall cage fight is brewing over plans to revive a ban on circuses with exotic animals performing within the city. Fur is expected to fly, with councillors set to defy the recommendations of bureaucrats and vote to ban circus animals on city controlled properties, nearly four years after such a ban was lifted.

A petition calling for the ban will go before the Community and Cultural Development committee on Thursday with council officers recommending that “no action be taken”. But committee head Bob La Castra said the advice was unacceptable and that he could not stand by and do nothing while animals “suffered”.

He urged ratepayers across the city to put pen to paper and lobby their elected representatives before Thursday’s vote.

Cr Bob La Castra is leading the charge to reinstate a ban on circus animals performing on the Gold Coast. Photo: Jerad Williams

“The views of those who believe this to be still acceptable are totally out of line and dated,” he said. “This should not be happening in our own backyard and we need those people who feel strongly about this to make their feelings known, so write to your councillors, speak out about it and fight this barbarity.

“By allowing these circuses on our land we are complicit in what they are doing and banning them would send a message that what they are doing is not right and that we are taking a stand.”

Police and Animal Rights campaigners outside Gold Coast Council Chambers protesting against the circus. Photo by Richard Gosling

If the ban is successful, circuses with exotic animals would still be allowed to perform on private property. A ban was first put into place in 2009 by the council with the backing of then-Mayor Ron Clarke. It was lifted in a January 2013 decision by the council in which Mayor Tom Tate used his casting vote to break a deadlock tie.

The Gold Coast Bulletin understands councillors on each sides of the argument are running the numbers to determine if the ban could potentially pass.

Both sides concede a vote could go either way.

But Southport councillor Dawn Crichlow, an ardent supporter of circuses, said she would fight the ban tooth and nail and declared the opposing argument to be “crap”.

Cr Dawn Crichlow with Massai the Lion. Pic Jono Searle.

“The kids want the circuses and I will fight all the way because it is a matter which is close to my heart and those of many others,” she said. “I am sick of the noisy minority coming up with all this crap. “I cannot believe this women condones & thinks it’s ok for children to see abused & tortured animals, just for their pleasure….condoning this just lets kids think that it is ok to be cruel to animals for the sake of entertainment????   By allowing circuses to carry on using animals is agreeing with the torturous training these poor young animals have to endure. Would it be ok to watch a double human act if you knew that one-half of the act was constantly being physically abused & tortured; just for entertainment???? NO, I DON’T THINK SO!!! ANYONE THAT DOES THINK ITS OK…WELL, I THINK THEY NEED TO BE SEEKING PROFESSIONAL  HELP”

RSCPA chief executive Mark Townend called on the council to “move with the times” and end the mistreatment of exotic animals.

“I would hope the council gets into 2016 thinking because realistically circus animals are very 1970s,” he said. “There are great circus which do not put animals through these ridiculous things which are not in their natural behaviour. “I appeal to the council to move with the times because we can have a successful circus without putting animals through such treachery.”

The petition calling for the ban to be reinstated was submitted to the council in March by then-Robina councillor Jan Grew in the final act of her 22 year political career.

More than 45 councils across Australia have exotic animal bans in place. Both City of Melbourne and Penrith both voted to introduce their own boycotts this year. Protesters are expected to attend Thursday’s council committee meeting and security will be on hand.

News Link: http://www.goldcoastbulletin.com.au/lifestyle/pets-and-wildlife/push-on-to-reinstate-ban-on-circus-animals-performing-on-gold-coast-city-councilowned-properties/news-story/977c58756cfc65467f2269bf8bac94f3

“See how animals are really trained to perform for your entertainment!! Then ask yourself; is this fair on the animals? Do you enjoy knowing they have been hurt for you entertainment????”

“The Circus, where animals are miserable & go insane; confined to metal cages when not being abused & are trained through fear; fear of being whipped, hit with objects, tied by the neck i.e tortured, etc. etc.”

(Anyone who condones this…will be classed as an animal abuser through my eyes)

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Northen Ireland; Circus Ban On Council Land

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Circuses which use wild animals in their acts could soon be banned from bringing their shows to council land in Antrim and Newtownabbey.

On Tuesday, February 10, Antrim and Newtownabbey District Council’s Policy Resources & Service Convergence Committee agreed to ban such circuses from using council-owned land.

DUP Councillor Phillip Brett proposed the motion: “That this council recognises that it is inherently cruel and unjustifiable for circuses to use wild animals to perform tricks or engage in behaviour that they otherwise would not do in the absence of coercion, and adopts a policy to prohibit circuses including wild animals from using council owned property.”

The motion was seconded by Councillor Thomas Hogg and agreed by members.

The committee’s decision still has to be ratified when the full council meets on February 26 at Mossley Mill.

Councillor Brett said that it will be up to the council to decide whether or not circuses which use horses and dogs in their shows will be subject to the ban, or just those which use exotic animals such as lions, tigers and elephants.

News Link:http://www.antrimtimes.co.uk/news/local-news/circus-ban-on-council-land-1-6592778

Botswana To Ban Hunting Over Wildlife Species Decline

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Botswana will ban commercial hunting from January 2014 over growing concerns about the sharp decline in wildlife species, officials have announced.

“The shooting of wild game for sport and trophies is no longer compatible with our commitment to preserve local fauna,” the environment ministry said.

The ban is likely to be controversial as many communities depend on hunting for their livelihoods.

As much as a third of the global elephant population lives in Botswana. Recent estimates place the number at about 130,000.

Conservationists are concerned about the erosion of river banks caused by the animals in some nature parks, the BBC’s Letlhogile Lucas in the capital, Gaborone, reports.

The ban, set to come into place on 1 January, could also pose a threat to local communities, in particular bushmen, for whom hunting is a means to survive, our correspondent adds.

Furthermore, selling hunting licences to wealthy Westerners is an extremely lucrative business, he says.

Hunting concessions currently exist in the northern Okavango Delta and the parks of the Kalahari region, famous for its upmarket safari lodges.

According to the environment ministry’s official statement, the government will continue to issue special game licences “for traditional hunting by some local communities within designated wildlife management areas”.

Average trophy fee per species

  • Elephant: Up to $30,000, depending on weight
  • Lion: $29,000
  • Leopard: $7,150
  • Buffalo: $3,744
  • Giraffe: $3,500
  • Zebra: $1,923

Due to its seasonal nature, hunting has only contributed a minimal amount to the tourism sector, which ranks second to the diamond industry in terms of its revenue earnings, the ministry said.

Designated hunting zones will be turned into “photographic areas”.

The announcement has been welcomed by the International Fund for Animal Welfare.

The ideal scenario would be that it has a similar effect to the ban on whaling 20 years ago,” the organisation’s spokesman, Adrian Hiel, told the BBC.

“Whale watching is now proven to be more sustainable and profitable than hunting and killing the animals.”

Earlier this year, Spain’s King Juan Carlos faced international criticism for going on a hunting trip in Botswana. “He apologised to the Spanish people, not the world!”

News Link:-http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-20544251

 

Coastal First Nations declare ban on controversial bear trophy hunt

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For millennia, aboriginal people have hunted wildlife for food, traditional purposes and trade.

But coastal First Nations in British Columbia argue that killing a threatened animal simply for the thrill of it is foreign to their culture.

“It’s not a part of our culture to kill an animal for sport and hang them on a wall,” said Jessie Housty, a councillor with the Heiltsuk Nation. “When we go hunting it’s for sustenance purposes not trophy hunting.”

After seeing grizzly and other bears slaughtered for sport for years, First Nations on B.C.’s North and Central coasts have done what the provincial government has long refused to do: they have banned trophy hunting for bears across their traditional territories in the globally renowned Great Bear Rainforest.

Grizzlies are officially designated as a threatened species, and black bear subspecies on the B.C. coast are among the most diverse in North America, ranging from the spirit or kermode bear to the Haida black bear. Yet, the B.C.government has ignored pleas from First Nations and conservation groups and has continued to allow these majestic animals to be killed for sport, even in many parks and protected areas and in the Great Bear Rainforest.

For this reason, the David Suzuki Foundation has been asking the government to protect grizzly bears for many years, including setting aside large areas of their wilderness habitat, such as in the Great Bear Rainforest, where trophy hunting would be prohibited. Grizzlies have already been eliminated or are currently threatened in 18 per cent of the province, including the Lower Mainland and most of the Interior.

“Although the Coastal First Nations admit to having few enforcement tools at their disposal, this is an important step and will put pressure on the government to implement a comprehensive ban on the killing of bears on B.C.’s coast,” said Dr. Faisal Moola, David Suzuki Foundation Terrestrial Conservation and Science Program director. “We fully support the Coastal First Nations in their efforts to protect bears, which are crucial to sustaining the ecological health of their lands and waters.”

Killing bears for sport makes no sense scientifically, but it is also unethical and immoral to hunt these animals so they become a head on a wall or rug in front of a fireplace when tourists are willing to pay for the chance to photograph them alive and in the wild. Most British Columbians agree. A 2008 McAllister Research poll found that 79 per cent of B.C. residents believe that to kill a bear simply for the thrill of it is reprehensible and that the practice should end.

Today, the only place you’ll find a grizzly bear south of Wyoming is on California’s state flag. It would be more than a shame if all we had left to remember these magnificent animals in B.C. were a few films and First Nations carvings.

In the coming months the David Suzuki Foundation will be releasing a number of scientific and policy studies that make the case that grizzly bears should be legally protected in Canada. We’ll be urging government to follow the courageous direction taken by the First Nations on B.C.’ s coast and save Canada’s great bears.

Read the Coastal First Nations news release here:

View a map of grizzly mortality in Great Bear Rainforest. Data shown on this map are approximate representations only. We will update the boundaries for the Coastal First Nations and the Great Bear Rainforest as it becomes available. The kill locations for grizzly bears range from 1976 to 2011 and are from the BC Ministry of Environments Compulsory Inspection Database [accessed Dec 2011] .

News Link:http://www.davidsuzuki.org/blogs/panther-lounge/2012/09/coastal-first-nations-declare-ban-on-controversial-bear-trophy-hunt/

 

South Korea to ban catching of dolphins for shows

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The country will designate Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins as protected mammals and ban catching them for use in shows.

PROTECTED: An upcoming bill will also designate sea turtles and sea horses as protected species

South Korea will ban the catching of Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins for use in shows by designating them as protected mammals, the maritime affairs ministry said Tuesday.

 An upcoming bill will also designate sea turtles and sea horses as protected species, the ministry said.
Currently it is legal to catch dolphins and whales for a show or for research if authorities give prior approval. Otherwise, it is punishable by a jail term of up to two years or a fine of up to five million won ($4,300).
The revised law would authorize seizures only for research. It would raise penalties to up to three years’ imprisonment or a fine of up to 20 million won.
Dolphins are widely used for shows in South Korea, but Seoul’s main zoo agreed in March to suspend its popular show over claims by activists that one of the dolphins was captured illegally.
In April, a court on the southern holiday island of Jeju ordered the release into the ocean of five dolphins which had been captured without permission and used in a show.
Some experts say dolphin shows have educational value and released mammals may not be able to adapt to the open sea. But animal rights activists have called for a ban on dolphin shows and tough rules on seizures.

Email – California – Important Hearing to Ban Hunting with Hounds – Welcome to In Defense of Animals’ Action Center

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Your voice is needed! California Senate Bill 1221, which would ban cruel “hounding,” passed the Senate floor, thanks to IDA members’ many calls and e-mails. SB 1221 now faces its biggest challenge in the Assembly Water, Parks and Wildlife Committee at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, June 26.

 

Hounding is a cruel practice where hunters use dogs to chase bears and bobcats for many miles until the exhausted animal either turns to fight or runs up a tree, only to be shot. This is incredibly inhumane and even many hunters consider hounding an “unfair chase” and unsportsmanlike.

The Assembly Water, Parks and Wildlife Committee is going to be a tough hurdle, and we need as many animal advocates as possible to fill the hearing room. The opposition will be out in force (there were over 700 at the last hearing) and we need to counter their numbers. If you haven’t come to the capitol for an exciting showdown, this is the one to see! You will get a chance to make comments in support of SB 1221.

If you wish to speak, you will probably get very limited time – all you will be able to say is your name, where you are from, and that you support the bill. Super easy, but super effective!

Please join us for the hearing at the Capitol!

Date: Tuesday, June 26

Time: The hearing is at 9 a.m., but we are expecting hundreds of opponents and we’ll start lining up outside the room at 6 a.m. The earlier you arrive, the better your chances of getting in the room. Hunters are used to getting up early to shoot animals, so let’s show them that we can get up early to protect animals!

Where: Room 4202 in the State Capitol Building, Sacramento, California

For more information and carpooling, contact hope@idausa.org, 707-540-1760.

Important note for constituents of Assemblymember Jared Huffman:

If you are in Assemblymember Jared Huffman’s district, please make a brief, polite phone call today and urge support for SB 1221. To find out who your legislators are, click here and enter your zip code.

Assemblymember Jared Huffman’s phone number: (916) 319-2006.

via Email – California – Important Hearing to Ban Hunting with Hounds – Welcome to In Defense of Animals’ Action Center.

PETA calls for ban on horse-drawn carriages in Mumbai

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Mumbai: Animal rights group PETA Wednesday strongly pitched for banning horse drawn carriages in Mumbai, citing cruelty to the animal, and suggested it be replaced with battery-operated vehicles.

Forcing horses to pull carriages through congested traffic on stifling hot streets is not only cruel but also dangerous for the horses, carriage occupants and passers-by, said Manilal Valliyate, veterinary affairs director of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India.

PETA officials, in a meeting with Sitaram Kunte, Bruhanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) commissioner, introduced an illustration of a battery-operated ‘peacock’ chariot and said that it might be the solution to replace cruel and dangerous horse-drawn carriages.

PETA wants horse-drawn carriages banned in Mumbai.

PETA claimed that the vehicle it suggested would be eco-friendly and owned  and driven by the existing horse-carriage owners and drivers.

The proposal comes in the wake of Bombay High Court interim order to BMC to confiscate horses kept illegally. Kunte has agreed to look into the proposal made by the animal rights group.Horses in Mumbai are forced to live in filthy, damp stables amid their own faeces and urine and are often left to stand without any shade, which is a clear violation of law, Valliyate said.

Many of the drivers don’t have a valid licence to ply horse-carriages, he added.

A growing number of cities worldwide, including Delhi, Toronto, London, Oxford, Paris and Beijing, have banned horse-drawn carriages and adopted humane alternatives.

News Link:-http://www.firstpost.com/mumbai/peta-calls-for-ban-on-horse-drawn-carriages-in-mumbai-342447.html

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