The Bear Issue !

Cancel Cruel Circus Whose Bear Urinated on Herself

Petition Link:

Target: Susan Bulling, Events Coordinator of Lancaster Event Center

Goal: Ban the James Cristy Cole Circus from using animal acts in its show.

The Lancaster Event Center is planning on hosting a circus put together by the James Cristy Cole Circus which has featured a cruel bear show during past performances. The bear show, which is produced by Castle’s Bears, puts terrified bears in crowded, loud arenas. It is time to stop supporting this cruelty.

Click on the petition link to read more.


Dear Mark,

A bear cub wakes up in a cage. She cries out, scared, then paws at the rusty metal bars and tries to bite through them, but there’s no way for her to escape the trainer who is heading her way.


He ties a rope tightly around her neck and yanks her across the room. He yells, hitting her with a stick. It’s painful and confusing—she doesn’t understand what he wants.

But the day’s misery is not yet over. The trainer tethers her to a wall by the rope still around her neck, forcing her to stand upright on her hind legs. It’s agonizing for her—she’s used to being on all fours—but if she doesn’t remain standing, she could choke and die.


Bear cubs exploited by circuses are enduring torment like this right now—but you can help us stop it. We are opening people’s eyes and turning the public away from such exhibits—especially young people, their key audience. Please strengthen PETA’s work for bears and all other animals by making a generous gift today.

A PETA investigator documented that bear cubs in circuses and animal-training facilities across China endured precisely this kind of cruelty, but such abuse is not unique to that country. Circuses around the world confine animals to cramped cages and use violence and intimidation—exactly like that uncovered during this investigation—all the time. These animals are forced to perform repetitive contortions that, to them, are baffling, uncomfortable, and even physically damaging. It’s suffering on a global scale.

PETA’s exposé did more than just reveal the deplorable treatment of animals held captive by circuses. It also inspired tens of thousands of compassionate people to speak out against those who exploit animals for entertainment. Together with our international affiliates, we’re pushing back against cruel spectacles and achieving many victories—from 80 German towns’ decisions to ban wild-animal circuses to the forthcoming closure of the notorious Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus in the U.S.


Please help us keep the momentum going. Donate to PETA today and help strengthen all of our vital work for animals.

As always, thank you so much for your support and for all that you do for animals.

Kind regards, Ingrid E Newkirk



China: Tigers Defy Circus Cruelty to Show Empathy for Suffering Friend.


Tigers defy circus cruelty to show empathy for suffering friend

10 March 2017

With their friend at risk of drowning, this incredible footage shows white tigers breaking from circus cruelty to show their concern.

It’s the movie which has convinced 29 million Chinese viewers that these tigers were not born to perform – they do so under duress, not because they enjoy it.

During a routine tiger performance at an animal circus in Hangzhou Safari Park, a rare White Tiger can be seen refusing to perform.

After clenching the ringmaster’s whip in his jaws, the tiger is whipped and threatened, forcing him to back off and accidently stumble into a moat surrounding the ring.

With one tiger at risk of drowning, the others immediately break from their circus performance to try to attend to their friend. Their concern is clear.

The ringmasters attempt to break up the tigers using whips and shouts leaves the long-suffering animals clearly torn between avoiding the whips and helping their stricken friend.

In the latter part of the video, released on Chinese social media by a concerned citizen, one of the tigers is seen with a wound on their face, possibly as a result of the incident.

Animals Asia’s Animal Welfare Director Dave Neale said:

“The video clearly shows the tigers empathising with the plight of their peer. They know he is in trouble and needs help and they want to give it to him. They are torn between their training with its threat of violence and their natural sympathy for another tiger in danger.”

As a result of the sustained criticism caused by the video, Hangzhou Safari Park has suspended their tiger performances pending a review of their practices.

Unlike the tigers in the video, we have a choice.

Choose to help. Pledge never to watch an animal performance and tell everyone you know to do the same.





UK: A Letter To Mr. Chope – The ‘Helper’ Of Suffering UK Circus Animals.


As you can see from our recent post (link below); yet again, a Conservative MP, Mr Christopher Chope, talked out a ban on the use of animals in UK circuses in Parliament last week.



We have now combined with Venus to produce a response; or you could call it ‘an appeal’ ?, to Mr Chope about the situation for all circus animals, wherever in the world they may be suffering.

This issue of UK circus animals is being discussed in UK Parliament again on 24th March.  How will Mr Chope act then we have to ask ? – yet again defending animal abuse; or joining the vast majority of UK citizens who have been calling for a ban for well in excess of 11 years; as proven by the MAFF Public Consultation taken but never acted on, more than a decade ago.



We will watch with great interest the events of 24th March and the actions of Mr Chope.  Naturally we will provide an update soon after.

In the meantime; here below is our simple letter to Mr Chope.

Will it make him think ? – the 24th of March will tell ! – we wait and see with interest – SAV.

Our letter to Mr. Chope – with hope for circus animals !



When a tiger and a bear are forced to ride on horseback in a circus show, these are things that only thrill a stupid audience and so-called ‘politician’ types such as Christopher Chope.

But in reality, all this performance really shows is forced animal suffering and torture, which the civilized, understanding people of this world call ‘animal cruelty’.

There are two categories of people who would advocate any circus that uses wild animals: One is the ignorant braindead who pays his entrance fee to watch suffering, the other is the politician, who benefits from it !

The fact that in nature, a tiger never lives together with a lion in the free wilderness should even provoke suspicion by the ignorant, that this abnormal coexistence is only possible under the power and control of the demon circus animal trainer.

The traces of torture on the backs of, or in the eyes of the animals, are proof of what these animals must suffer and endure constantly. Perhaps with the ignorant the suffering is overlooked; but as animal advocates,we see it, because they are visible scars on sentient beings.

These traces of torture on skin and in eyes are the real evidence of the circus life.



Circus animals are captive wild animals. They live in direct contact with humans. To control these wild animals and to show them as circus attractions, they are not given a life of sweetness and tender care, like most of the attending, hand clapping drag knuckles believe. The ‘control’ happens with abominable cruelty. Regular blows with sharp hooks and current surges make them pliable. These animal cruel rituals take place at night, when the office doctors sleep, or in dark corners of the circus tents, far from the eyes of the paying public.

Elephants are chained by the leg in a stable tent all their lives; whenever they are not used as a pathetic visual tool for drag knuckle eyes. Lions and tigers live a life imprisoned in cages surrounded by their own excrement, enduring a pitiful ‘life’ that is nothing but lonely and captive.

Their freedom ? – only when they die and the time comes for them to be released from their eternal torment and suffering; and the captivity of a travelling ‘beast wagon’.



And now once again, the politicians are in play.

Dragging out their speeches to prevent an end to the suffering, transportation and cruelty.

What do you personally get from all this, Mr.Chope?

Sure, morality and ethics are obviously not on your list of cultural achievements, but your personal dulling is not enough, as a reason, to advocate the cruel business of the wild animal circus.

Anyone who has a bit more empathy than you, would suspect, that possibly you have a personal interest in the conservation of this animal-trafficking business. An economic interest, I mean. From your web page, I quote:

Chris is here to help, regardless of how you vote, so please feel free to get in touch”!

 Absolutely ridiculous, Mr. Chope! –

The circus wildlife you have “helped” at the request of the British citizen – where are they now ?

In February 2017 your actions prevented any help for circus animals; and though your actions they continue to live in slavery and torture.

You have personally helped slavery continue to exist in the Circuses of England.

As long as circus animals are kept as slaves, are tortured, are abused with your personal consent, because you consider it ‘right’, no one will ever believe that you want to ‘help’.

And this ignorance of yours thus prevents us from having any further communication with you ‘the helper’, because we are the people with compassion, who don´t support the cruel business of the animal circus.

Prove to us you want to help as you declare, on March 24, 2017, and give your voice against the barbarism inflicted on the circus animal – show us real proof that you really want to help as your site declares.

Venus / Mark.








UK: CONSERVATIVE Christopher Chope OBE MP Talks Out A Ban On The Use Of Animals In Circuses – Just Like He Did Before – Contact Your MP And Ask Why. They Work For You; You Are NOT Their Servants !


 Importance: High





As you may know, the ban for wild animals in circuses was again blocked last week by Conservative MP Christopher Chope. He did the same in 2014.


Please write to your MP as this is again being discussed in Parliament on 24th March.

Please see


Here are some details of the man who has twice blocked this bill:

Christopher Chope represents Christchurch in Dorset for 20 years with a majority of 18000 and his constituency has the highest proportion of over 60s in the UK.

Filibustering should be banned in Parliament – A deliberate tactic to talk too long and thus  selfishly, arrogantly and bullyingly talking out a motion that can then not be voted on.

Christopher Chope also blocked this bill in 2014.  He was also responsible for steering through the poll tax in the Thatcher Government, voted against same sex marriage, is a climate change sceptic, called for abolition of Minimum wage in the same year he claimed £136,992 in expenses! and voted against Alan Turin statutory pardon.  Voted against a private members’ bill which would have placed restrictions on hospital parking charges for carers.                           SHAMEFUL!


Here is a letter that one of ADI’s supporters received from Chope – his arrogance is beyond belief !

“Parliamentary protocol dictates that Members ought not to respond to correspondence from non-constituents. Nonetheless, I appreciate the time you have taken to get in touch.

The Government has promised to bring forward Government legislation on the issue of animals in circuses.  It was not included in the Queen’s Speech on the grounds that there was a lack of Parliamentary time. The Government has pointed out, however, that, should more time become available during the course of this Session, such a Bill will be brought forward.

In light of the above, the attempt to bring forward this controversial legislation under the Private Member’s procedure is ill-conceived. I believe that it would be unacceptable for such a Bill to receive a Second Reading without any debate in the House of Commons.

I shall continue to put pressure on the Government to honour its promise to bring forward its own legislation.


Best wishes

Christopher Chope OBE MP

Member of Parliament for Christchurch

House of Commons, SW1A 0AA

Tel: 0207 219 4971



Why not send him an e mail ?

More than 10 years ago there was a public consultation on the use of animals in UK circuses.


Over 84% of the British public wanted circuses to stop using animals in performances.  Thanks to people like Chope we have still not got legislation passed to do this – constant talking out in parliament by just a few members of Parliament.  Shame on them !

They are supposed to represent us – not be an emperor figure like Trump who only does what he wants !



USA: He reportedly struck a zebra with a 3-foot-long stick “with such force that the zebra fell to his front knees and then fell over sideways.”


Garden Bros. Circus, featuring an elephant act by Carson & Barnes Circus, is on tour in the South this month, and we need to tell venues that plan to host the show why that’s the worst idea ever:

Carson & Barnes’ head trainer was caught attacking and electro-shocking elephants as they screamed in pain.




A whistleblower reported that Zachary Garden, the manager of Garden Bros., beat animals regularly and denied them food and adequate veterinary care.

He reportedly struck a zebra with a 3-foot-long stick “with such force that the zebra fell to his front knees and then fell over sideways.”




Tell the venues to consider these facts carefully and to require that the scheduled performances of this cruel circus go forward without animals.

For all animals,











USA: The Saddest Show On Earth Is Finished – IT’S OVER FOR RINGLING BROS. CIRCUS.



Written by PETA | January 14, 2017

As of May, the saddest show on earth for wild animals will end.

Thirty-six years of PETA protests, of documenting animals left to die, beaten animals, and much more, has reduced attendance to the point of no return.



All other animal circuses, roadside zoos, and wild animal exhibitors, including marine amusement parks like SeaWorld and the Miami Seaquarium, must take note: society  has changed, eyes have been opened, people know now who these animals are, and we know it is wrong to capture and exploit them.



Thank you to everyone who has picked up a protest sign, passed out leaflets, written letters, shared videos, called legislators, spoken to family, and been part of this relentless pursuit of freedom for animals.

This would not have happened without you.



Watch the videos below to see how Ringling has treated animals – and then be thankful that come May, this abuse will be in the history books !

How pathetic is this for such wonderful animals ?


Obituaries to animal abusers:











UK: Sir Roger Moore (James Bond) to Prime Minister: It’s Past Time to Ban Animal Circuses.



SAV Comment:

In the year 2004 Mark was running a group called ‘North Kent Animal Welfare (NKAW)’.  At this time, NKAW submitted a memorandum to the House of Commons – the UK Government; regarding their views on the use of wild animals in UK circuses.  Remember that even at this time (2004), around 85% of the British public were disgusted and opposed to the use of wild animals in circuses.

Here below is a copy of part of the submission to the British government that Mark made (under the name of NKAW) as a contribution to the Draft Animal Welfare Bill (for the United Kingdom) which was being constructed at the time.  This is now a formal UK document / law which applies in the UK.  Unfortunately, despite the massive call by the British public; and additional representations into formal government draft documentation such as the draft animal welfare Bill, the UK has never passed law to ban the use of wild animals in UK circuses.



So here we are in 2017, some 13 years on, and despite promises by the utterly useless David Cameron; until recently the Prime Minister; we are still not witnessing any action by the British government to ban the use of wild animals in British circuses.

And so now we very much welcome the action taken by ‘James Bond’ – Sir Roger Moore in bringing this issue once again to the table of the current Prime Minister Theresa May.  You can read below the actions taken by Sir Roger and also give your support to the campaign by (once again) petitioning the British government on this issue. 

As Sir Roger clearly states in his letter:

‘All around the world, animal circuses are being banned. Countries such as Austria, Belgium, Mexico, and the Netherlands have all put an end to such barbarous cruelty to wild animals. Yet ever-so-civilised, animal-loving Britain still allows these archaic exhibitions simply because of a lack of action on the part of Downing Street’.


Please help us to get this ban for once and for all.  As you can see, we have been fighting to get a ban for well over 13 years.  It is time the government actually took action and implemented a full ban rather than the wishy washy ignorance to the British public’s wants up until now.  We expected little from useless David Cameron; but now we have Mrs. May as Prime Minister; we demand action is taken.



Well done Sir Roger for speaking up for animals in British circuses.




Sir Roger Moore to PM: It’s Past Time to Ban Animal Circuses

The actor, humanitarian, and animal advocate urged Theresa May to outlaw this archaic form of so-called “entertainment”.

Sir Roger Moore has a message for Theresa May. In a moving article in today’s Sunday People, the actor, humanitarian, and animal advocate urges the Prime Minister to introduce legislation banning wild-animal circuses.

He writes:

All around the world, animal circuses are being banned. Countries such as Austria, Belgium, Mexico, and the Netherlands have all put an end to such barbarous cruelty to wild animals. Yet ever-so-civilised, animal-loving Britain still allows these archaic exhibitions simply because of a lack of action on the part of Downing Street.

I’m well aware that policy change doesn’t come overnight, but popular legislation to prohibit circuses from keeping tigers in see-through boxes called cages and carting them about the land has been dragging on for aeons, because the Prime Minister holds the key and won’t give it up.

Speaking on the issue, Stanley Johnson – our very own foreign secretary’s father – said, “[W]e have had several years now of shilly-shallying. We need to move forward”. And indeed, we do.

Wild animals in real life must feel as if they’ve been captured by the fictional Dr No. When they’re not being forced to perform confusing tricks under threat of the whip, they’re chained up or tied down. They’re denied everything that gives their lives meaning. It’s no wonder that they develop abnormal and disturbing behaviour, such as incessantly biting the bars of their cages, pacing endlessly back and forth, or even self-mutilating. If they become sick or are injured while en route to the next show, a veterinarian with expertise in exotic species may be hours, if not days, away – if anyone is called at all.

Read the full article here.


Sir Roger states that “[u]ntil a ban is imposed, Britain continues to say ‘Roll up, roll up’ to abuse”. Join him in letting the Prime Minister know that it’s time – past time – to outlaw this archaic form of so-called “entertainment”. Please add your name to our online action:


Click on the following link for actions:

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Click on the following links to find out more about UK welfare organisations who are campaigning against animals being used in UK circuses:


Animal Defenders International (ADI):


Captive Animals Protection Society (CAPS):


Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA):


Born Free Foundation (BFF):