Death of a Lion Tamer's Wife: Mai Stephens 1924 - 2015

Douglas McPherson | Posted 05.01.2017 | UK Entertainment
Douglas McPherson

Mai Stephens, who has died aged 91, brought glamour to the act of Ireland's most famous lion tamer, her husband, the self-styled 'Captain' Bill Stephens. Her most dangerous stunt was bending over a rack of sharp knives while a lion leapt over her.

Bobbo Roberts - The Life of a Clown (Part 2)

Douglas McPherson | Posted 29.06.2016 | UK Comedy
Douglas McPherson

Bobbo was born into one of the world's oldest circus families and on July 8 will make a guest appearance in Simon Thompson's 'clown noir' adaptation of Shakespeare's Love' Labour Lost at the Britannia Panopticon in Glasgow.

Ringling Elephants and the Ankus - Is It Time to Let Circuses Off the Hook?

Douglas McPherson | Posted 17.05.2015 | UK Entertainment
Douglas McPherson

That little is known about circus training is unsurprising - a magician doesn't spoil his illusions with a banal explanation. But the secrecy of the circus community has fuelled suspicion of cruelty. It's human nature to distrust those who live differently from us and to apply sinister connotations to things we don't understand.

Circus Animals - 10 Reasons the Show Must Go On

Douglas McPherson | Posted 02.05.2015 | UK
Douglas McPherson

Circuses with wild animals are strictly regulated by a licensing scheme, introduced in 2012, that sees them inspected by vets six times a year (twice unannounced) with the results available online. Every aspect of the animal's life, diet and accommodation is governed by strict guidelines.

David Cameron Must Deliver Promised Ban on Wild Animals in Circuses

Peter Tatchell | Posted 08.06.2014 | UK Politics
Peter Tatchell

Much animal suffering is not immediately obvious and visible. They are forced to suffer long, arduous journeys and extended periods tied up, chained or caged - with no freedom of movement. Housed in temporary, transportable accommodation, it is simply not possible for circuses to provide an appropriate environment for wild animals.

A Ban on Wild Animals in Circuses? Don't Be So Sure...

Violet Owens | Posted 22.06.2012 | UK Politics
Violet Owens

People all over the country punched the air in delight when in March, the long overdue ban on wild animals in circuses in England was announced by the Westminster government... Yet as the days and weeks go by and more details become clear, coupled with the Westminster government's refusal to commit to a deadline for a ban, our delight has rapidly turned to confusion as we cling to the tiny shred of hope that the government really do mean what they say. When the facts are presented to you, it's difficult to remain optimistic.