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, 6 January 2012

A Simple Point, A Fair Deal

Humane Watch is a major critic of the world's largest animal rights organization, the Humane Society of the United States. We know that animal rights philosophy is not founded any real rational argument. It's an argument to emotion and at worst is anti-human. However, the other major evil regarding the business of animals rights - and I do mean "business" - is that in addition to inciting violence and pushing radical views the top organizations don't seem to actually do much to actually save and protect animals. They accumulate a fortune in donations, but very little of it seems to go back into actively caring for animals.

Wednesday, 4 January 2012

Rouster’s Top 10 Hypocritical Anti-Circus Celebrities (Number 4)

Released into the public domain by PETA.Image via Wikipedia 

15% of the vote


Steve-O is a celebrated stunt performer. He made his name through the phenomenally successful MTV show, “Jackass”, which inspired the craze of filming amateur pranks, stunts and self-inflicting injuries. His entire career has been based off his time in this series and the feature film spin-offs.  Since he “Jackass” days Steve-O has generally been featured in reality TV shows and even had his own TV show, “Dr Steve-O”. He is known for anarchic and manic – which, of course, translates as “cool” to his target young audience – image. He has been arrested on many occasions for drugs-related charges, as well as violations of obscenity laws (most notably stapling his scrotum to his leg) and for charges of assault. He has also spent time in mental institutions. All of this notoriety has obviously helped keep him in the public eye and his products selling. 

Tuesday, 3 January 2012

Austrian Court Decision on Animals in Circuses Does Not Decide European Question

Circus Krone main entrance in Halle(Saale)Image by gynti_46 via Flickr Below you will find the European Circus Association's response to the Austrian Constitutional Court ruling on a ban on wild animals in circuses. 
In a decision published on 21 December 2011, the Austrian Constitutional Court ruled that Austria’s ban on “wild” animals in the circus does not violate the Austrian Constitution. The court did not decide the legality of the ban under European law, which requires that Member States of the European Union use the least restrictive means possible to achieve their objectives when governmental legislation impacts freedom of services and functioning of the internal market. Whether the Austrian ban violates European law is a matter that is ultimately for the European Court of Justice to decide.

Surprised! by Humane Watch

On 8th December 2011 Rouster reported on Humane Watch's current awareness campaign. They revealed in an editorial in "The Animal Finder's Guide" journal that according to their published accounts less 1% of the money raised by the Humane Society of the United States goes into local pet shelters. Most is absorbed into administration or in their high profile campaigns against circuses and other animal businesses. Rouster is very pleased with the below advert too. Please feel free to distribute:

Astley's Legacy was formed to counter the misinformation and propaganda spread by animal rights activists. As well as fighting the corner for circus animals and their trainers, we are here to promote and celebrate the cultural heritage of circus in general, and especially in the country of its birth - Great Britain. For more information please see our Facebook group
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Rouster's Top 10 Hypocritical Anti-Circus Celebrities (Number 5)

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Kim Basinger – 12% of the vote


Born to showbusiness parents, Basinger began her career as a model, then became a regular on TV ads and finally began her TV acting in the mid-70s. She appeared nude in Playboy to promote non-Eon produced James Bond film “Never Say Never Again” in 1983, in which she starred in her breakout role as a Bond girl. Other film opportunities followed, including the erotic drama “9½ Weeks”, where she starred alongside Mickey Rourke. The film was a commercial flop and received a lukewarm reception from critics, but the film’s cult status on video rental ensured Basinger’s star appeal. She now became known as a cinematic sex symbol for the 1980s, appearing in such comedy romances as “Nadine” and “Blind Date”. She finished off the decade in one of her most famous roles as Vicki Vale, the love interest in Tim Burton’s 1989 blockbuster “Batman”. Her last major success was in 1997’s “L.A. Confidential”, where she won the most prestigious award in her acting career, an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.