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Did The Government Really Turn Its Back On Abused Circus Animals?

Did The Government Really Turn Its Back On Abused Circus Animals?

A global animal welfare organization says the government is turning its back on abuse to circus animals in the UK and instead recommending that circuses regulate themselves.

 

For the past 15 years, Animal Defenders International has provided documentation to officials about the tortuous lives of circus animals in the UK. 

 

Their undercover videos show elephants routinely being beaten and abused and other animals languishing away in cages.

 

The organization called for a ban on the use of wild animals in circuses and for a short time it looked hopeful that the government would take action.  Legislation was drawn up, 143 MP’s endorsed the ban and a final answer was promised by June.

 

But now the government appears to have turned its back on circus animals.  They are taking advice from a pro circus organization called Performing Animals Welfare Standards International (PAWSI) and leaning toward a policy that would have circuses regulate and police themselves.

 

ADI says, “Self-regulation cannot work in an industry where random acts of violence and cruelty are commonplace and there is no discipline, structure, and no way to enforce regulations.”

 

Last year ADI released undercover video of abuse at the Great British Circus.   

 

The video showed “frightened, stressed elephants being brutally hit in the face with elephant metal hooks, brooms and pitchforks,” reported ADI.

 

ADI released the video to the public, but PAWSI defended the actions of the circus and refused to release the name of the employee who abused the elephants.

 

Another aspect in support of a ban comes from the compassion of the British public.  In May 2010, a government survey asked people about a ban on the use of all wild animals in British circuses.  

 

A whopping 94.5 percent of the public, who responded to the questionnaire, were in favor of halting the practice.

 

ADI has stepped up its Circus Campaign and is calling for public and political support.  They are re-releasing the video depicting cruelty to circus animals so the government cannot ignore what life is really like for these innocent animals.

 

And they have prepared postcards for the public to order and send to authorities.  They can be ordered by e-mail: info@ad-international.org.

 

ADI hopes the UK will show the same compassion toward circus animals as Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Hungary, Luxembourg, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Sweden, Singapore, Bolivia, Costa Rica, India and Israel.  Each of these countries have prohibited or limited animals from the circus.

 

 

 

 

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11:55AM PST on Nov 30, 2011

I just want to know who this 1% is in the poll who would not support a ban??? WTF?

7:51PM PST on Jan 21, 2011

THE SAME TRAVESTY OF JUSTICE IS TAKING PLACE IN THE UNITED STATES. WHY? BECAUSE BIG MONEY CIRCUSES LIKE RINGLING AND SUAREZ BROTHERS ARE ARM IN ARM WITH GOVERNMENT LOBBYISTS IN THE U.S. RESPONSIBLE FOR THE EXOTIC ANIMAL TRADE. WHY DO YOU THINK THE FEDS HAVE YET TO PASS LEGISLATION BANNING EXOTIC ANIMAL BREEDING, TRADE, AND OWNERSHIP? WHY DO YOU THINK, DESPITE THE HUNDREDS UPON HUNDREDS OF HOURS OF VIDEO DOCUMENTATION, EYE WITNESS TESTIMONY AND WRITTEN DOCUMENTATION THIS ABJECT ENSLAVEMENT AND CRUELTY OF ANIMALS EXISTS? IT TAKES MORE THAN JUST A VILLAGE TO BRING DOWN THE CIRCUS INDUSTRY----IT TAKES A NATION. AMERICANS EN MASSE NEED TO STOP ATTENDING ANIMAL PERFORMANCES AND LINING THE POCKETS OF CRIMINALS LIKE RINGLING AND SUAREZ. THIS MONUMENTAL COUP IN FAVOR OF PERFORMING ANIMALS WILL HAVE A RIPPLING EFFECT AROUND THE COUNTRY AND THE WORLD. RODEOS WILL TOPPLE, ROAD SIDE ZOOS WILL BE A THING OF THE PAST. IT'S UP TO ALL OF US TO DONATE, EMAIL, WRITE, AND CONTINUE TO SCREAM AT THE TOP OF OUR LUNGS
"BOYCOTT THE CIRCUS!" AND NOT QUIT UNTIL THE LAST ELEPHANT AND TIGER EXIT THE TENT.

7:41PM PST on Jan 4, 2011

Ban!!!...thanx

9:29PM PST on Nov 30, 2010

Look at the government of the U.K. that is now in power -- conservative, on the side of corporations and taking away their citizens' social rights. Are you surprised whose side the government is on? The same is happening here in the U.S. when we try to get our government to enforce laws on abused elephants in circuses. CORPORATIONS, NOT PEOPLE, HAVE THE POWER. Duh. boy am I getting cynical. But for good reason.

5:53AM PST on Nov 27, 2010

We live in the 21st Century and continue to abuse the animals on our planet. I will continue to boycott all circuses and zoos around the world until this practice stops and hope that others do also. Animals should not be exploited in any way and should be able to live free in their natural habitat. It's not wishful thinking, but the right thing to do. We are not their keepers. We share this earth with them. I may get some flack for this, but I call the shots as I see them. The majority of animal handlers and all animal abusers, whether at circuses, zoos, farms and abbatoirs are male. Torturing and killing insects, small animals, etc. as children without consequences can lead to more abuse as an adult. Attend a dog fight or cockfight and make a tally of how many men vs. women are there. What about violent criminals in our prisons? Research has already shown that these men have admitted to abusing animals in their lives. There's simply too much aggression. Either these men have been abused as children or have mental/emotional problems that were never dealt with. Wouldn't it be prudent to educate all of our children on why it's important to help and protect our animals instead of parents, teachers and guardians looking the other way when a child tortures a kitten, puppy or bird? It needs to be dealt with THEN, not NOW. Address the issue immediately and find out what's going on. Most children love animals and would never hurt them, but those that do, need our help.

12:42PM PST on Nov 24, 2010

This disgusts me so.
I hate circus anyway, and that animals should have to endure being beaten in to doing what the Bas***d circus trainers wants makes me even more angry.
Ban circus animals for good.

1:49AM PST on Nov 23, 2010

damn i do not suport ciruses for many reasons this givrs me another

10:14PM PST on Nov 22, 2010

Government must represent what the people want - virtually everyone agrees on this issue... allowing this "PAWSI" to self-regulate would be tragic!

8:56PM PST on Nov 21, 2010

awful to not intervene when animals are being brutalized for profit.

6:56PM PST on Nov 21, 2010

Should have been banned a decade ago. Pathetic.

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