"I understand why people often harbour an instinctive belief that keeping animals in circuses is cruel or distasteful. I was brought up with that belief. When I began writing a book about the circus, it was the daredevilry of the human performers that I wanted to celebrate. I quickly realised, however, that I would have to visit some of the last remaining circuses with animals because that was where I could get a glimpse into the history of the art form. I went along as a sceptic. Indeed, I went looking for signs of cruelty. But I was determined, too, to speak to the trainers and find out the truth."
Douglas McPherson has written an excellent piece on the distinction between animal welfare and animal rights, using animal circuses as a prime example. Despite articles in The Huffington Post, The Guardian and several books and websites dedicated to this education, the distinction between animal rights and animal welfare is often blurred. McPherson joins other journalists who have noticed how circus is the thin end of the wedge in the argument. Read his very interesting new article here.
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, 24 October 2014
And The Moonbeams Kissed The Sea: Our Zoo: Animal Cruelty?: Was the BBC's "Our Zoo" Guilty of Animal Cruelty? So the BBC produces a series based on the life of George Mottershead and his family’s creation of Chester Zoo.....
Post Script: The BBC announces no second series of "Our Zoo". Are the BBC dancing to the tune of the animal-rights activists?
Wednesday, 8 October 2014
"...Our friends at CAPS (Captive Animal Protection Society) may also be putting on protests so worth checking with them. Thanks so much!..."
RSPCA Facebook page 8 October 2014
The Royal Society for the Protection of Animals (RSPCA) has admitted that it supports the Captive Animal Protection Society (CAPS) - an animal-rights group that is committed to not just the closure of animal circuses but to zoos, aquariums and the pet trade. This is, of course, not news to Rouster who has been reporting the close association the RSPCA has with the animal-right movement for some time.