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"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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Monday, 10 August 2015

CAPS Now Targets Direct Action Against Zoos

If anybody would like to see an example of why we have been warning fellow colleagues in the zoo world that they should be concerned at the attack on circus animals one does not have to look much further than events this weekend that took place at Twycross zoo. On Saturday, 8 August 2015, a small group of protesters from the Captive Animal Protection Society (CAPS) staged a protest outside the zoo. The police were called because the protesters were apparently stopping cars from entering the zoo's property.
Quoted in the Tamworth Herald Campaigns Director of CAPS, Nicola O'Brien, said:

''We hope this will shed light on a number of issues surrounding the zoo industry and that the public will get involved in supporting our cause. Wild animals belong in the wild, and we believe that their right to a natural life greatly outweighs any desire we might have to view them as subjects behind bars..."

Those who are familiar with the antics of the Captive Animal Protection Society will be aware that this organisation was initially formed many years ago to protest about the use of animals in circuses. In recent years, this self-proclaimed vegan animal-rights group has turned its attentions to animals in entertainment, zoological establishments and the exotic pet trade; like many extremist animal rights groups their aims are to ban the above animal institutions and businesses.

A further concern which Rouster reported in October 2014 was the disturbing support that the U.K.'s Royal Society for the Protection of Animals (RSPCA) gave to CAPS as regards circuses with animals.
 "...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
Due to the continuing controversy of a number of people who have joined the RSPCA with a radical animal-rights agendas. One could be forgiven that perhaps zoos and aquariums will be the next target for this previously well-respected animal charity as it drifts away from its key remit of animal welfare to the political ideologies of animal-rights.

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