The use of wild animals for our own entertainment has no place in a modern society. The sooner their use in circuses is prohibited the better. An outright ban is long overdue and the Government needs to deliver on its promises by bringing one forward without further delay.
My journey into the circus world began at the Great Yarmouth Hippodrome where I interviewed aerial silk artiste Eva Garcia
Once upon a time we knew no better. I went to see performing Orca at Windsor Safari Park as a kid and loved them. I used to have a choke chain on my dog, laughed at the PG Tips chimps, and would probably quite have liked to be a lion tamer myself. But attitudes change, we live and we learn.
An earlier 18-month study by animal behavourist Dr Marthe Kiley-Worthington found circus animals suffer no stress during performance, training or transportation. Kiley-Worthington found circus training methods to be no harsher than those in riding stables, kennels or other animal husbandry environment...
Do you remember the Bay City Rollers, Look-In magazine and the Six Million Dollar Man? Gary Nott's circus adventure The Enemy
Some of the lions had severe eye conditions ADI's evidence of the abuse of circus animals in Latin America led to legislation
Zippos Circus (Photo: Piet-Hein Out, courtesy Zippos) A recent article of mine on whether contemporary circus needs a new
It's the traditional circuses that have always existed on box office takings alone while most new circus relies on sponsorship and public funding.
In an increasingly sanitised and digitalised age, the interaction of trainer and animal in the sawdust circle provides something real and raw that no other form of entertainment can offer. Rather than demeaning animals, it impresses all ages with their skill and intelligence, and enhances our relationship with nature.
I would say most people oppose cruelty to animals. But I reckon the vast majority consider humans and animals to have very different rights.