Circus Owners Get Show Cause Notices

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,TNN | Mar 11, 2014

MARGAO: After an inspection of the animals at the Moonlight circus that haven’t been fed properly since March 1, show cause notices were issued to the owners of the circus prior to cancellation of their performing animal registration with the Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI) and cancellation of the registration of the circus by the Central Zoo Authority (CZA).

This was in pursuant to complaints filed by Compassion Unlimited Plus Action (CUPA), Wildlife Rescue & Rehabilitation Centre (WRCC) and the Federation of Indian Animal Protection Organizations (FIAPO).

After the crime branch arrested the circus owner and five other persons on charges of human trafficking and rape, the animals at the circus were left to starve and were recently shifted to Kudal in Maharashtra.

Puja Mitra, campaign manager, FIAPO, who first took up the issue with the Goa forest department about the welfare of the elephants at the circus site along with the other animals has appealed to the government to set up an animal rescue centre in Goa.

Mitra, who is based in Goa, added that with the creation of rescue centres, the elephants rescued from circuses can live the remainder of their life in natural surroundings without being forced to perform. “While it is cruel for any animal to be used in performance, it is even more so, in the case of the elephant,” added Mitra.

During the inspection of the circus that has four elephants, the AWBI team noted that the animals were also being subjected to cruelty using spiked foot belt to restrict their movement which are banned. Dr R M Kharb, chairman of the AWBI, pointed out that this is in violation of Section 11(1) of Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960 and Wildlife Protection Act, 1972 and that transportation rules had also been violated.

0724.4 Photo 42 An elephant is tethered by cruel spiked hobbles at the Rambo Circus..JPG-550x0

Please Note: Image of spiked leg holds not from this circus!

Kharb also requested that ‘immediate’ steps be taken to ask the Maharashtra wildlife department to move the wild animals especially the elephants from the Moonlight circus to safe shelters and a final decision about their rehabilitation be taken in due course.

“The effort now should be to remove the animals to safe holdings immediately while the formalities and paper work can continue, otherwise the animals are liable to disappear to unknown places,” said Suparna Ganguly, co-founder trustee of CUPA.

News Link:-http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/goa/articleshow/31812414.cms?intenttarget=no

Related link:http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/bangalore/Central-Zoo-Authority-and-Animal-Welfare-Board-of-India-issue-show-cause-notices-to-circus-owners-following-investigation/articleshow/31854176.cms

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Animal Circuses May Be Banned In Malta By End Of The Year: Petitions to sign

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Animal circuses may be banned in Malta by the end of the year if MPs give weight to what people had to say on the matter.

An overwhelming 94 per cent of the 398 people who took part in a public consultation exercise believe all animals should be banned from circuses, a spokesman for the Parliamentary Secretariat for Animal Rights said.

Only 21 people, or five per cent, said animals should be allowed to perform in circuses. Four people said the ban should only apply to wild animals and that domestic animals, like dogs and cats, should be allowed to perform.

Despite the result of the consultation exercise, the final decision will be taken by MPs who will be debating the subject in Parliament later this year.

Over the past years animal rights activists have protested whenever an animal circus came to Malta.

NGOs insisted that using animals for entertainment purposes constituted abuse and argued that animals were often beaten during the training process.

Local circus organisers have always insisted that the animals were not ill-treated.

The two-week public consultation, launched by the secretariat, closed on July 28. The public was invited to share views online or by sending a letter through the post. Some also called the offices of the secretariat to have their say.

Participants where asked whether animals should be banned outright, whether there should be restrictions (such as a ban on wild animals like tigers and elephants) or whether animals should remain part of the circus.

Over the past week the feedback received was compiled and it emerged that 373 people wanted an outright ban on all animals.

Most said the training process was abusive and were concerned about small cages and the trauma animals went through while travelling.

One of the 21 people who believed in keeping animals in circuses pointed out that circuses had helped in the protection of dying species.

So what happens next?

The spokesman explained that a White Paper was being drafted and had reached its final stages.

It would then be presented to Cabinet before being discussed in Parliament.

Once this process was completed a legal notice would be published by the end of the year.

News Link:http://www.timesofmalta.com/articles/view/20130806/local/Last-roar-for-circus-animals-.480977#.UqjaQ9Lud86

Petition to sign against using animals in circuses:-

Graphic Video Inc. Circus Was About Exploitation and Cruelty

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“Please note I added the videos as extras, which I have used before; but they are not connected or related to the news link. Please sign petitions regarding circuses (which are included on the homepage) New Petitions Constantly Being Added etc. You will find petitions of all kinds regarding animal abuse. So please consider signing a few others whilst you’re there; every signature helps fight against animal abuse! Thanks”

The Carson & Barnes Circus has come and gone, and if caring area residents knew more about the cruel treatment of animals used by the circus, they’ll think twice before welcoming it back.

A Video I Found Of the Elephants Uploaded April 2013

These elephants are forced to perform, beaten into submission, their bodies posed in unnatural positions; that puts great strain & pain on their joints. See the man walking round with the bullhook in his hands; a tool greatly feared by the elephants & for good reason!! This is not entertainment, this is elephants being abused, degraded & forced to perform through fear & violence…just for your entertainment. Please look past the glamour & sparkle; have you ever seen an elephant perform like this in the wild?? NO never…I rest my case!!! 

Carson & Barnes recently paid to settle 10 alleged violations of the federal Animal Welfare Act, including failure to maintain control of an elephant who sustained injuries after running down a steep slope and falling, inadequate shelter and fencing for elephants, transporting elephants in an unsafe manner, and for leaving elephants unattended during rides.

Watch How Elephants Are Trained…Hear Them Scream In Pain…Still Think It’s Ok To Go To The Circus???? Well It’s Hell On Earth For Animals

” Disgusting Animal Abuse & disgusting language from a disgusting piece of Sxxt in the guise of an elephant trainer. He is not an animal trainer, he is a bully, a thug, who enjoys inflicting pain on anything he considers beneath him…would you let him train your dog?? No, then please think on, whenever you see an animal performing stupid tricks for human entertainment….it’s not because it enjoys doing it; it’s through sheer fear, beatings, pain, denial of food & water etc. & that animals knows what will happen… if it doesn’t perform for his master!!”

Viewer Discretion Advised – Undercover footage from Carson & Barnes Circus

Uploaded on 18 Jan 2012

Undercover footage from Carson & Barnes Circus – elephant training Support 

A U.S. Department of Agriculture inspector saw a handler with no elephant experience repeatedly use “excessive force while tugging at” the elephant with a bullhook—a rod with a sharp steel hook on one end. Another trainer was caught on video viciously attacking terrified elephants with bullhooks and electric prods and instructing other trainers to hurt the elephants until they scream, to sink a bullhook into their flesh and twist it, and to conceal the beatings from the public.

The circus has repeatedly been cited for failure to provide animals with veterinary care, minimum space, shelter from the elements, adequate ventilation, and clean water.

The time is long overdue to stop pretending that animal acts are anything other than cruel exploitation.

News Link:-http://trib.com/opinion/letters/circus-was-about-exploitation-and-cruelty/article_0e0471b8-fe29-5599-a042-888f85fde804.html

PETITIONS AGAINST BARBARIC DOG “TRAININGS PARK” IN RUSSIA

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“POSTING THE FOLLOWING FOR & ON BEHALF OF TONY ZADEL.” :-https://www.facebook.com/tony.zadel

PLEASE SIGN & SHARE WIDELY AND URGENTLY THE FOLLOWING PETITIONS

 PETITIONS AGAINST THE BARBARIC DOGS “TRAININGS PARK” IN RUSSIA !

  1. http://www.change.org/petitions/нет-жестокой-травли-животных-собаками-закрытие-итс-в-россии
  2. https://www.lapetition.be/en-ligne/Non-aux-parcs-d-entrainement-pour-les-chiens-de-chasse-en-Russie-11196.html
  3. http://www.activism.com/en_US/petition/stop-animal-abuse-in-the-russian-federation/42323
  4. http://www.thepetitionsite.com/378/077/760/for-the-adoption-of-an-early-federal-law-on-the-protection-of-cruelty-to-animals-/

**About the last petition►PET.4 This petition is valid and needs to be signed. The wording is just not written clearly in good English, but the content of the petition itself and what it is trying to accomplish is very worthy, which is to promote the correct and uniform application of laws and regulations on the entire territory of the Russian Federation, strengthen the morals of society and humanity, to prevent suffering and death of animals.

Concern for animal welfare – is, above all, concern for the moral state of society in which we live today, and in which our children will live tomorrow !! thank you

PICTURE SOURCE SHOCKING DISCLOSURE: MASHA THE 11 YEAR OLD EX-CIRCUS BEAR USED AS BEAR BAITING !!!

The circus bear Masha given at the mercy of the dogs. Photo: ITAR-TASS

►Previously worked in Circus Masha, an 11-year-old bear from a travelling circus troupe based in Moscow, walks in costume during rehearsals in the Circus on Fontanka in St. Petersburg

Well now she is no longer in the circus because of her age.. and she is being held in a much more gruesome place as ” Bear Baiting” in an “Dogs Training Camp ” !! (you can see her on this video) “Dogs Training Camp ” !!!!!! (you can see her now on this video
➨ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yK8BnJf9A3c)

Degrading – Masha working in the circus

All dressed up: Masha, an 11-year-old bear from a travelling circus troupe based in Moscow, walks in costume during rehearsals in the Circus on Fontanka in St. Petersburg

She should be swinging around a vast green expanse with her family, but instead Masha is being forced to wiggle along holding an umbrella and basket of flowers. But a life in captivity means she is used to it and today the 11-year-old brown bear is taking part in a circus dress rehearsal. Masha is one of four bears who have completed a three year training programme in Russia as part of a travelling troupe.

Read morehttp://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2273336/Dressed-basket-umbrella-Cruel-photos-shows-circus-bears-forced-perform-Russian-travelling-troupe.html#ixzz2V4kpGWbr
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(More info you can also find here about Masha the bear) !: http://allanimalrights.com/russian-circus-exploiting-bears-for-profit/)

BACKGROUND !
Parks trainings of hunting dogs (called “Pritravochnye stations“) See video above! are places where hunters can train their dogs using wild animals as prey, such as wild boars, bears and wolves and smaller animals such as raccoons,foxes, badgers and rabbits.

The dogs risk almost nothing!  People pull out teeth and claws of the wild animals so they can’t hurt their hunting dogs during the trainings with these wild animals. (Their teeth and claws are removed as a precaution) but these poor wild animals are suffering to death, they are scared, they are super stressed (and sometimes are dying of stress or injury) they are living in constant fear – says a veterinarian Semen Sereda. These animals are bitten dozens and hundreds of times. Experts say it is possible to make this process more humane, for that you need to change the law ..

Dogs can train every day, costing to the owner 300 rubles. (about $ 7) per session. The dog has ten minutes to bite the animal and that the maximum…but for the small animals it usually finishes with animal death!

It becomes impossible to the wild animal to fight back. They don’t even try to fight back because they are so terrified..of being abused. These people if the teeth are not been removed put a wood stick into the wolf’s jaws-mouth so they can’t bite.

They chain the bears so the bear can’t more than one feet. They also taking rabbits cubs, foxes and badgers and put them into a special “tunnel” so they can’t run away; and leave the mad dogs rushing on them inside the tunnel (as pictured/video below)

There are about ten parks trainings dogs in Moscow region. But across Russia they are hundreds of them; each of these parks operate legitimately. Because any law prohibiting such existing operating in Russia. The workouts dog parks bring in families with children and their guest, advertising is everywhere: on roadsides, in newspapers, on the Internet.

But there is also an much more gruesome underground “illegal parks” which is very well known by regular confidential customers .. Illegal parks whose advertising does not exist; but only from mouth to mouth…at the request of the customer if he wishes, his dogs can torment a chained boar or a chained bear until it dies .. (a kind of bear baiting till the death follows)

We urge the Russian government to put an end to this unacceptable huge barbarism !!! please sign the petitions massively ! (especially the first one!)
SOURCE:http://www.vita.org.ru/new/2013/apr/11.htm

SEE MORE ON THAT BARBARIC “ENTERTAINMENT ZOO-PARK” HERE:►http://konijak-iz-sg.ucoz.ru/index/na_okhote_on_the_hunt/0-8

AND HERE :►http://www.laikivs.narod2.ru/ispitaniya/
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PLEASE WATCH THESE VIDEOS : 

THE FAMOUS TUNNEL WHERE DEFENSELESS ANIMALS SUCH AS BADGERS, RABBITS, RACCOONS AND FOXES ARE PUT IN… .WATCH HOW THE DOGS ARE  TRAINED  TO BITE THE POOR RACOON.…BY WOMEN!!

Published on 4 Jan 2013

Коньяк работает по лисе

Published on 3 Sep 2012

притравка норных

Published on 3 Sep 2012

притравка

(4 month old little Raccoon)

WATCH THE POOR TERRIFIED FOX IN A TINY CAGE AWAITING HIS FATE (you can see his tears..) ►http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=_ybOg2Syb0w#!
PLEASE SEE THE FOLLOWING PICTURES !
In order to separate the animals grappled, they stick to unclench the jaw, often breaking teeth..http://www.eg.ru/upimg/photo/158414.jpg
The young fox only to learn what a good thrashing:►http://www.eg.ru/upimg/photo/158415.jpg
On pritravke (parks-stations) The dog should smell the scent of fresh blood:- http://www.eg.ru/upimg/photo/158416.jpg
(The ex-circus bear Masha used as bear baiting!!!)
Hunting dogs run in a wooden tunnel after a raccoon or fox
http://www.eg.ru/upimg/photo/158418.jpg
Hunting Terrier – the most aggressive and spiteful of hunting dogs in this picture you see how he bites a poor badger to death
http://www.eg.ru/upimg/photo/158419.jpg
On pritravku Park, wild beasts fall in different ways: some wounded selected on the hunt, bring the other cubs, third buy on fur farms
http://www.eg.ru/upimg/photo/158420.jpg
**We urge the Russian government to put an end to this unacceptable huge barbarism !!! please sign the petitions massively and widely ! (especially the first one!)
Thank you~ Tony Zadel, Copyright(©)  — with Serge Shabalov.

Graphic Videos; Please Sign Petition – Circus Of Horrors In Moscow

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PLEASE NOTE…THE FOLLOWING HAS BEEN TRANSLATED FROM RUSSIAN TO ENGLISH!!

 NOTE VIEWER DISCRETION ADVISED ON VIDEO

International Day of the circus. Russian circus cruelty

BACKSTAGE CIRCUS – Investigation “Vita” 2012-2013. VIDEO: VITA-TV Online , YouTube 

Please sign – Petition link:http://www.avaaz.org/fr/petition/Le_dresseur_MOURAD_ABDULLAEV_doit_etre_puni_pour_la_cruaute_envers_les_animaux_et_interdit_dexercer_ce_metier

“Viewer Discretion Advised; I am not ashamed to say I screamed, cursed & cried whilst watching the following videos. No human being has the right to take a wild animal, beat it & deprive it of food etc. to make it perform pathetic tricks; all under the illusion of love & kindness, so as to entertain the paying public. Human greed knows no bounds when it comes to exploiting the voiceless species, whom we share this planet with…which is why animal advocates must stand up & speak for them!!”

Behind the scenes of the circus. Investigation “Vita” 2012-2013. Part 1.

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Published on 17 Apr 2013

On the World Circus Day “VITA” publishes investigation “Behind the scenes of the circus” 2012-2013 gg 
all “heroes” video – Honored Artist of Russia, Russian State Circus.Full text of collaborators story “Vita” Part 2.http://www.vita.org.ru/new/2013/apr/1 … All the collected footage, excerpts of which can be seen here, “VITA” directs the prosecutor’s office, insisting on criminal cases on the facts of torture animals.http://www.vita.org.ru/new/2013/apr/2 … See film “The Circus: The Illusion of Love”. http://www.vita.org.ru/video/razvlvid … Petition against the use of animals in circuses – FOR CIRCUS WITHOUT CRUELTYPetition Online VITA: http://www.vita.org.ru/petition Friends, if you have on Youtube videos not loading, see it on the site VITA: http://www.vita.org.ru/new / 2013/apr/1 … 

 Centers for animal rightsVITA” congratulates all the good and fun people in the world who love this wonderful art – to make people happy!Tightrope walkers, jugglers, clowns, acrobats, strongmen, gymnasts, jugglers – in the twenty-first century, the circus is no place … only trained animals! After all, the atmosphere of joy can not be kept where there are slaves and oppression.

In civilized countries, taming animals clearly perceived as a bad taste, and most Europeans prefer circuses without violence. In Russia, unfortunately, circuses with animals are considered traditional entertainment and trainers continue to spread the myth of the humanity of their profession.

But once all the secret becomes clear! To dispel the myth of humanity circuses with animals we had a unique investigation, first implemented in Russia. During the year (2012-2013) cameras recorded the event in one of the typical circus, which was set up to work activist “Vita”.

Search Circus was performed spontaneously, it is found that the selected circus is considered one of the best circuses in Russia. The investigation was conducted solely for the

Charlie beat the rehearsals

purpose of the public – to convey to the Russians accurate information on the status of animals in the circus and circus dressage, which a priori is never humane.

“I took this step, knowing that this is the only thing that I can help animals – circuses prisoners – said an employee of” Vita “XXXXXXX. – People need only TRUTH that this age-old industry, based on tyranny collapsed like a house of cards . idillisticheskie My idea of ​​the circus changed when I was in his time behind the scenes of the circus in his hometown. I am sorry that at that time I was not in possession of the camera.

Indeed, the best evidence – it’s captured video, which, as I have been able to thoroughly study,

Kangaroo Charlie died in captivity circus

there is little about the Russian circuses. A second reason that I got a job in the circus – my desire to deeply explore the mentality of the public okolotsirkovoy – circus performers, staff, visitors – from the inside to understand the ways of solving the problem. This experience gave me a lot of food for thought …

Honored sadistic artist; Russian Murad Abdullaev.

“Johnny the monkey from the video surveys his broken fingers; caused by the sadistic beatings of trainer Murad Abdullaev. I wouldn’t mind breaking a few of his bones & horse whipping him, so he knows how much it hurts…the cruel evil bastard shouldn’t be allowed near any animals; let alone train them!”

Johnny – Broken Fingers From Training Beatings

From the account of the employee “Vita” XXXXXXX:

• “My children’s ideas about the circus changed once I got behind the scenes of Saratov circus …”
• “One day we came to the classmate, but the watch we were asked to wait a little, well,

Charlies Farewell Glance Before he died

now there are shot the bear, for the fact that he attacked the trainer … ”
• “One of the haunting moments – a bear, gone mad, pushes down on the bottom of the cage and byuschayasya her head on the low ceiling. As the ball ping-pong table. Only a measured boom-boom-boom for hours …”
• ” The sun, the sky, the people on the streets … and, on the other hand – the cells, the cries of animals, confined space from which there is no escape … ”
• “unbearable atmosphere of concentration camps. Claustrophobic. life in a concentration camp in the 21st century. With joy and smiles around ”
• “Before the next training Johnny – survey traces after yesterday’s beating, probed – everything is intact? – … and the new – the violence, beatings, Johnny cries of pain, the trainer mat …”
• “In the cells of animals spend all remaining from rehearsals, training and performances while – approximately 23 hours a day. ”

Full Text

All the collected footage, excerpts of which can be seen here , “VITA” sends to the prosecutor , insisting on bringing criminal cases related to torture animals.

International Day of the circus. Russian circus cruelty

BACKSTAGE CIRCUS – Investigation “Vita” 2012-2013. VIDEO: VITA-TV Online , YouTube

Behind the scenes of the circus. Investigation “Vita” 2012-2013. Part 2 

Please note viewer discretion is advised.

Published on 21 Apr 2013

CRUELTY TO ANIMALS IN RUSSIAN CIRCUS 
behind the scenes of the circus. Investigation “Vita” 2012-2013.Part 2. “Education” Kuzya. 
See Part 1: http://www.vita.org.ru/new/2013/apr/1 … All the “heroes” of video – Honored Artist of Russia, Russian State Circus. 
employee of the full text of the story, “Vita” XXXXXXX: http:// www.vita.org.ru/new/2013/apr/1 … 
All the collected footage, excerpts of which can be seen here, “VITA” directs the prosecutor’s office, insisting on bringing criminal cases related to torture animals. 
Centre for Animal Rights ” VITA “blames exorbitant cruelty honored artists of Russia http://www.vita.org.ru/new/2013/apr/2 …
See the movie “The Circus: The Illusion of Love”.http://www.vita.org. ru / video / razvlvid …

In Movie Clip – is the best way to wean people lie, hiding behind the mask of love and virtue. After all, no trainer never voluntarily talk about what is going on behind the scenes. Outsiders were not allowed there, and if invited, will show “majeure” image “- says the president of the Center animal rights” VITA “Irina Novozhilova.

“Today, I am sorry that I took part in the project” Circus of the Stars “in the role of tamer, but now I understand well, – says Olga Shelest – why circus animals do not raise a paw on his trainer. Because when they were little, their beaten with sticks so that they are afraid to disobey the trainer at all. ” (From an interview for the film “The Circus: The Illusion of Love” ).

“I appeal to everyone who trusts me: do not go to the circus, where there are animals, In Tashkent circus told me about how dogs thrown against a wall, and one trainer during rehearsals injured cow-elephant’s uterus! Can you imagine what they are doing? ” – Says Lyme Vajkule.

Web link, were all above information was taken from. Please visit the link to read more about this circus of horrors:-http://www.vita.org.ru/new/2013/apr/17.htm#v

“Illusion of Love” The film awarded the V International Festival “Steps” (2012) for best documentary on animal rights in the “See this inconvenient truth.”

The film tells about the history of circuses with animals, the fate of animals in captivity, the cruelty of dressage, the development of the global movement against the use of animals in circuses, etc. FILM: The Circus: the illusion of love

Petition text:-

To: State Duma, Ministry of Culture, Ministry of Education of Russia, Moscow Mayor, the Governor of St. Petersburg, the artistic director of Circus on Fontanka Slava Polunin

Objective: To complete the legislative ban on the use of animals in circus acts in Russia

The use of wild animals in circuses and other entertainment events associated with the forcible seizure of their natural, natural habitat, they are denied the most expensive – of liberty, forced to perform various tricks against their will, all in the name of entertainment, fun and comfort of man.

At that time, as the civilized countries have adopted legislation prohibiting participation and taming animals in entertainment, in Russia the use of animals in circuses is not regulated by any legislation. The only attempt to adopt the Federal Law “On Protection of Cruelty to Animals,” which was a section for the protection of animals used in circuses was a fiasco in 2000.

Cruelty to animals and, as a consequence, to the people, for the existence of society becomes rampant, because it is absolutely unpunished due to the gap in the law.

We, the undersigned, demand urgently adopt the Federal Law “On Protection of Cruelty to Animals.” Please sign petition:-http://www.vita.org.ru/petition/

Link to other video Illusion Of Love:– http://www.vita.org.ru/video/razvlvideo/circus-illusion-of-love.htm

“Please note the following are videos are what I found whilst looking at the above; Its never ending torture for the poor animals. Please, don’t support circuses who perform with live animals. Those animals only do the tricks through fear of pain, hunger & beatings!”

CIRCUS BEAR – HOW HE LIVES WHEN NOT IN THE SHOW!!

Uploaded on 6 Jul 2011 http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=B3uaYziiI7g

 

Circus with animals: cruelty to animals and cheating the audience. NTV

Published on 27 May 2013

On the World Circus Day “VITA” publishes investigation “Behind the scenes of the circus” 2012-2013 gg 
all “heroes” video – Honored Artist of Russia, Russian State Circus.Full text of collaborators story “Vita” Part 2.http://www.vita.org.ru/new/2013/apr/1 … All the collected footage, excerpts of which can be seen here, “VITA” directs the prosecutor’s office, insisting on criminal cases on the facts of torture animals.http://www.vita.org.ru/new/2013/apr/2 … See film “The Circus: The Illusion of Love”. http://www.vita.org.ru/video/razvlvid … Petition against the use of animals in circuses – FOR CIRCUS WITHOUT CRUELTY! Petition Online VITAhttp://www.vita.org.ru/petition Friends, if you have on Youtube videos not loading, see it on the site VITA: http://www.vita.org.ru/new / 2013/apr/1 … VITA: Animal sruelty Investigation in the Russian Circus http://www.vita.org.ru/english/news.htm

Animals as photo props -Take Action

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Published on 11 Jul 2012 by 

The use of animals for souvenir photographs is a popular activity in many global tourist resorts, and even in zoos, but this activity can have severe consequences for the animals involved. Please don’t support the use of animals as photographic props and if you do encounter this activity on your travels, please contact Born Free at http://www.bornfree.org.uk/TAA

Visited a zoo or circus? Not happy with what you’ve seen? Whether in UK or overseas, you can take positive action. By sending us details of what you have seen, we can advise you on how best to approach the relevant authorities.

Do you have information on zoological collections, circuses, dolphinaria, individual caged animals, animals used as photographic props, magic shows with animals or any other form of wild animal exploitation?

We want to hear from YOU and together we can make a difference!

It is vital that the information you send us about your experience includes all the necessary facts. Describing cages as ‘small’ and animal conditions as ‘terrible’ will not provide enough information to encourage relevant authorities to take action.

Photographs or video footage is a superb way of providing proper ‘evidence’. This is the information we need:

1. Take a photographic record, either stills or film, this kind of evidence is so useful!

2. Collect as much information as you can:

  • Which animals are involved? How many? Describe their condition.
  • What does the ‘entertainment’ consist of? Is direct contact involved?
  • Who are the people or company behind the exploitation?
  • Is the event or establishment advertised or promoted?
  • Who is involved in this promotion? (eg hotels, holiday reps etc)
  • Is there literature you can collect? (eg leaflets, brochures etc)
  • Who are the main audience or visitors?
  • What other details can you note? (eg size of enclosures, any enrichment etc)

3. Report what you have seen:

  • Explain your concern to your tour representative, operator and/or your hotel, and send a follow-up letter.
  • Also fill in a complaints form and send us the details.
  • If you are about to visit a zoo, circus etc. check out the further information below and download ourchecklist – PDF 46KB
  • In addition to informing the Born Free Foundation about animal neglect, suffering and cruelty, please also inform your tour operator who is obliged to investigate your claims. This will also ensure that animal welfare remains an important issue on their agenda.

Read more:-http://www.bornfree.org.uk/campaigns/zoo-check/travellers-animal-alert/take-action

ARAN applaud Waterford City Council – Motion To Ban On Wild Animals In Circuses

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“Well done, wish more towns & Counties would follow”

ARAN applaud Waterford City Council for sending animal-act circus motion through to next progressive stage

ARAN is applauding Waterford City Council this week as a motion to ban wild animals in circuses, put forward by Independent Councillor Sean Reinhardt and seconded by Sinn Fein Councillor John Hearne has been moved forward to the next legislative stage that goes to the Council’s Strategic Policy Committee (SPC).

“This is a mighty progressive step forward as Waterford becomes the latest Irish City to move towards a future without wild animals in the traveling circus, says ARAN Director John Carmody. “More and more local authorities in Ireland are considering a ban on the use of wild animals and now we will be stepping up the pressure for a national ban.

With our partners at Animal Defenders International (ADI) we have exposed physical abuse, confinement and deprivation in Irish circuses, and in these past months we have seen the public put at great risk with an elephant escaping from a circus and a man seriously injured. If cities like Waterford can move towards ending animal-act circuses, surely Ireland as a country can do the very same too.”

“In this day and age there is no excuse for putting animals through this type of confinement and stress, says Independent Councillor, Sean Reinhardt.” “Public support is in favor of bringing these Victorian menageries with animals to an end, and for good reason. I’m hoping years from now the only circuses that will be coming into Waterford will be those with amazing acrobats and human performers, this is clearly the future.”

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