ALL animal were harmed in the making of this production.

ALL animals were harmed in the making of this production.

Yesterday, the Orfei animal circus packed up and moved on after a seven-day stay in my home town.

Good riddance to bad rubbish I say.

Circuses like this are not only an anachronism but also an insult to any notion of what is acceptable in a civilised society. They are a debased form of entertainment that demeans the sensibilities of both animals and men.

Zoos are bad enough, but these travelling shows goes beyond simply keeping creature in captivity.

In the process of training and taming animals to perform tricks,  there is substantial evidence to show that this routinely entails maltreatment and cruelty. They follow ringmasters out of fear and are made to yield out of fear of being punished.

The RSPCA, PETA, FOCA (Friends of Captive Animals), Born Free USA and Say No To Animals In Circuses are among the organisations that have raised this issue and it is down to local councils to do the right thing and turn these companies away.

It’s good to see that the tide is shifting towards more humane legislation, In England, under a Wild Animals in Circuses Bill, no wild animals can be used in circuses with effect from December 2015.

The over generous delay in introducing the total ban is to give circus owners the chance to find an alternative way of making a living. This should give them ample time for their employees to perfect their skills in juggling, flame throwing, sword swallowing and tightrope walking.

England will follow Greece and Cyrpus as the only countries in Europe that have implemented total bans on the use of wild animals. Bolivia and Peru were the first countries outside Europe to make this move.

Surely it’s only a matter of time before others follow suit.

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