It’s All Over for Wild Animal Circuses – or is it?

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“I’m so sorry that posts are few & far between, I do try to post whenever pain allows! But it’s not just pain, pain interferes with other motor skills like using my brain to write posts; what would normally take me 5 minutes now takes 5 days, please excuse mistakes with grammar etc. lol…I’m doing the best I can, while I still can!!”

“Quiet frankly, I am disgusted at the red herrings, stalling tactics & pathetic dilly dallying attempts, by the UK government, not to ban wild animals in circuses; especially since we were fooled into thinking they had decided that a ban was the right way forward. But instead of a total ban on wild animals, they came up with a new licensing regime under the Animal Welfare Act 2006! How bloody stupid, the animals are already covered under the act; it’s just there are no specific animal welfare regulations for wild animals in travelling circuses!!

They have failed miserably to conclude this issue, while other Countries have steamed ahead with a ban on all wild animals in circuses; it seems, the UK don’t think circus life for animals, isn’t bad!. Of course, homes have to be found for the wild animals already in circuses, a ban doesn’t happen overnight. Is the UK Government scared they will have to foot the bill for re-homing animals to zoo’s or safari parks? Because, I’m really struggling to find any logical reason, why they can’t stand alongside other Countries & implement the ban. I take the ban to mean, no more wild animals allowed in a circus from the date of the ban, but a grace period, for circus owners to find homes for the wild animals they hold captive ! Really, what is the governments problem, what’s actually stopping them from implementing a ban? The UK is supposed to be among one of the stricter Countries when it comes to animal welfare, yet they are failing miserably to protect wild animals; in a circus environment,often rife with cruelty & abuse!!

The UK government & the rest of the clowns that decide the fate of animals in UK circuses, actually need to grow some balls! They have shown a total lack of competence & ignorance by failing to take note of the horrific undercover videos of abuse & totally ignored the public’s vote (94% in 2010 to be exact, more like 100% now) who want a ban on wild animals in circuses; isn’t it their job to listen to the public??  Not to mention all the hard work certain ministers have done & the years of parliamentary debates: all of which clearly demonstrates the overwhelming support for a ban on all wild animals in travelling circuses.

 Thanks to undercover videos, social media sites via the internet, have made the public more aware than ever, about circus life for animals.

 I have written to my MP, DEFRA & Lord Henley several times regards the circus ban; but I never get the answer I’m looking for! After seeing the video that went viral overnight, of Anne the elephant, being beaten by her groom; I wrote letters & sent a petition, along with many others, to help get Anne the elephant, away from her abusive circus life. I was thrilled when she finally packed her trunk &  left the circus for good. Anne is now a different elephant, although she bears the scars from circus life; she is happy & carefree at Longleat Safari Park. See petitions do work, when we all join as one to become the voice for the animals. 

 I received this via email from Born Free.

It’s All Over for Wild Animal Circuses – or is it?

Posted: 08 Jul 2013 05:01 PM PDT

Animal welfare organisation “shocked” by opinion of Government Committee regarding ban on wild animals in travelling circuses in England; EFRA Committee at odds with Government policy.

The Born Free Foundation has today hit out at a new report by the House of Commons Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee, which recommends that the Government revise its plans to ban all species of wild animals from use by travelling circuses in England on ethical grounds.

The UK-based international animal welfare and conservation organisation called the recommendations bizarre and inconsistent, particularly where the Committee claims that public opinion is based on a mistaken perception that large numbers of elephants and big cats are still used in circuses.

Will Travers OBE, CEO of the Born Free Foundation, said: “The opinion of the Committee is woefully out of touch. The majority of the British public, and a unanimous vote in June 2011 by MPs, supported a ban on wild animals in travelling circuses, a position reflected in the Coalition Government’s clear commitment to a ban on the use of all wild animals in travelling circuses in England on ethical grounds; a commitment given repeatedly by Ministers to Born Free on numerous occasions.  It has taken far too long to reach the stage of a promise to ban, and frankly I am shocked that the Committee seems to be advocating watering-down the draft legislation”.

The Committee’s understanding of the situation was further called into question when they referred to a ‘domesticated racoon’, despite this species clearly being a wild animal under the relevant legislations. Chris Draper, Born Free’s Senior Scientific Researcher added, “The Committee seems to consider that it is somehow acceptable to use species of wild animal such as zebra, racoons or snakes in travelling circuses.

Not only is this in direct contrast to the overwhelming position of the public and animal welfare experts, but it flies in the face of the Government’s principled position that there should be no wild animals of any species exploited in travelling circuses. We urge the Government to reject the Committee’s recommendations and reaffirm their commitment to bringing about an end to the use of wild animals in this way at the earliest practicable opportunity.  Anything less will be seen by the public as no more or less than a betrayal of the animals concerned.”

How YOU can help:

Please contact Defra Minister Lord De Mauley and let him know that it isn’t just lions and elephants in the circus that you care about: you are concerned about ALL WILD ANIMALS! Remind him that zebras, snakes, racoons, camels and all other wild animals have no place in circuses in England.

defra.helpline@defra.gsi.gov.uk

demauley@parliament.uk

For those of you in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, please contact your Ministers and ask them to bring in a ban on ALL wild animals in circuses (including zebra, snakes racoons etc.) as a matter of priority.

Northern Ireland:

Michelle O’Neill MLA:  privateoffice@dardni.gov.uk

Scotland:

Richard Lochhead MSP: scottish.ministers@scotland.gsi.gov.uk

Wales:

Alun Davies AM: Correspondence.Alun.Davies@Wales.gsi.gov.uk

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Owners of Anne the circus elephant go on trial for animal cruelty

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The Northamptonshire owners of a circus elephant called Anne are to go on trial charged with causing unnecessary suffering.

Bobby and Moira Roberts will go on trial at Corby Magistrates’ Court.

The couple are accused of keeping Anne, a 58-year-old elephant brought from Sri Lanka to the Bobby Roberts Super Circus in Peterborough in the 1950s, chained to the ground at all times.

They are also accused of failing to prevent an employee from repeatedly beating Anne.

The pair, of Brook Farm, Oundle, deny causing the elephant unnecessary suffering, failing to take reasonable steps to prevent an employee from causing unnecessary suffering and failing to ensure the elephant’s needs were met.

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) took over the prosecution of Mr and Mrs Roberts from Animal Defenders International (ADI) “given the public concern over the case”.

The charges, brought under the Animal Welfare Act 2006, were originally the focus of a private prosecution by Animal Defenders International (ADI), a worldwide animal welfare organisation, following its undercover investigation and filming between January 21 and February 15.

But ADI’s legal representatives contacted the CPS, asking it to take over the prosecution, and Jan Creamer, ADI’s chief executive, has called it a landmark test case.

Arthritic Anne is now living at Longleat Safari Park in Wiltshire to see out her days in a 13-acre paddock, with her owners’ consent.

The trial is listed until Friday and will move to Kettering Magistrates’ Court from Tuesday on wards.

News Link:-http://www.northamptonchron.co.uk/news/local/owners-of-anne-the-circus-elephant-go-on-trial-for-animal-cruelty-1-3963225

 

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Footage taken inside Bobby Roberts Super Circus shows shocking abuse to Annie, the UK’s oldest and only remaining circus elephant.

Footage courtesy of Animal Defenders International (ADI) for more information visit: http://www.ad-international.org/animals_in_entertainment/go.php?id=2075&s…

Trial dates set for Anne the circus elephant case

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Circus elephant trial dates set for June…

The trial has been fixed to take place in June of a pair of circus owners charged with the alleged abuse of Anne the elephant, following allegations from an animal welfare charity.

The trial is now set for June 18 to 22 it was announced at a pre-trial hearing at Corby Magistrates Court. The next review of the case will take place at Wellingborough on May 4.

Husband and wife Bobby and Moira Roberts, owners of Bobby Roberts Super Circus, are charged with offences under the Animal Welfare Act 2006 in relation to the mistreatment of Anne an elephant that was removed from the wild and sold to the circus.

The CPS – Crown Prosecution Service – agreed last year to take on the prosecution of Bobby and Moira Roberts in relation to the alleged mistreatment of the elephant.

The case was originally brought as a private prosecution by the charity Animal Defenders International (ADI), an international animal welfare charity.

The charity, which advocates a complete ban on wild animals in circuses, produced video footage of the animal’s treatment via a surveillance camera installed in a barn in Polebrook, Northamptonshire where the elephant was based during the circus’ winter break.

ADI carried out an investigation into Anne’s welfare at the Roberts circus, in Peterborough during January and February 2011. The charity assembled a private prosecution based on the video evidence. The private prosecution commenced on July 18, 2011 at Northampton Magistrates Court.

The CPS was approached by legal representatives in the case and the Director of Public Prosecutions, Keir Starmer QC, eventually agreed the CPS would take over and continue legal proceedings, partly as a result of the public outcry over the case.

Mr and Mrs Roberts, who are now entitled to a fair trial says the CPS, are jointly charged with causing the elephant to suffer unnecessarily by requiring the elephant to be chained to the ground at all times. Another charge is failure to take reasonable steps to prevent their employee from causing unnecessary suffering to the elephant by repeatedly beating it.

The couple are also charged with failing to take reasonable steps to ensure that the needs of the elephant were met to the extent required by good practice. All the charges are issued contrary to sections from the Animal Welfare Act 2006.

Anne is a female elephant, aged 58, originally from Sri Lanka that was sold to The Bobby Roberts Super Circus in the 1950s. Anne was subsequently transferred to Longleat Safari Park in April 2011 with the owners’ consent. The Longleat Safari Park runs the charity The Longleat Charitable Trust that also incorporates the Longleat Elephant Sanctuary Appeal

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