Scotland: Parliament Now Formally Moves Forward With Circus Animal Ban. Will This Make The English Parliament Act Now ? – We Hope !

SAV Comment – we are hopeful that this action now in Scotland will see the English government in London make the same move – despite them putting all the campaign work by many animal welfare groups on the back burner for the last 10+ years.

We have faith that Minister Gove will finally take action for the animals.

 

Dear Mark,

Wild animals should be in the wild, not in cramped, barren trucks and made to perform tricks for entertainment. 

That used to be a controversial statement. Not any more. Yesterday, all Parties in the Scottish Parliament backed the Bill that will ban wild animals in circuses for good.

They were clearly listening to us, as MSP after MSP stood up to say they supported the ban but that the Bill must also be strengthened.

Many MSPs also acknowledged the overwhelming public support for the ban, and we were happy that OneKind and our supporters were mentioned quite a few times too!

So, what happens next?

Yesterday was a vote on the general principles of the Bill. Now this hurdle has been cleared, the Bill will move onto Stage 2 for detailed consideration and amendments in Committee before it returns to the full Parliament for final amendments and approval.

It’s during the next stage that we hope the weaknesses in the Bill will be addressed so we will never have to see lions, tigers and elephants made to perform for entertainment again.

Thanks again for all your support. We will continue to keep you updated on every step of the campaign and, depending on how the debate goes, we might be asking for your help once more before it is passed.

Sarah

Onekind – https://www.onekind.scot/

 

 

 

England:   ‘Tiger’ Joanna Krupa Visits Westminster to Call for Ban on Wild-Animal Circuses.

‘Tiger’ Joanna Krupa Visits Westminster to Call for Ban on Wild-Animal Circuses

 

Supermodel and activist Joanna Krupa posed as a tiger outside Westminster today to speak out for animals exploited in circuses and to urge the government to outlaw this cruel practice in England and Wales

“I’ve always loved and respected the importance the UK places on protecting animals – which is why I was so surprised to learn that wild-animal circuses are still allowed to tour in England and Wales,” said Joanna. “No animal should be forced to perform tricks for entertainment, and it’s time the British government put an end to this cruelty.”

Wild animals in circuses spend their lives confined to cramped cages and barren trailers as they’re carted up and down the country. Trainers bully them into performing confusing tricks, often beating them into submission if they don’t obey. Denied the opportunity to do anything that is natural and important to them, they frequently suffer from chronic health problems and psychological disorders – and many die prematurely.

 

Fortunately, wild-animal circuses are part of a dying industry, and more and more countries around the world are outlawing them. David Cameron promised to introduce a ban in England and Wales when he was Prime Minister but failed to do so, even though 94 per cent of respondents to a government consultation supported one. Scotland introduced legislation banning wild-animal circuses earlier this year, so there’s no excuse for England and Wales not to do the same.

 

What You Can Do

Please contact the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Michael Gove, and ask him to bring England and Wales in line with the many countries that have outlawed animal acts in circuses.

http://action.peta.org.uk/ea-action/action?ea.client.id=5&ea.campaign.id=53626

 

 

Past SAV posts on this issue: 

It has been a very long campaign, and not ended yet.

 

https://serbiananimalsvoice.com/2017/08/04/uk-new-chance-for-circus-animal-ban-but-your-help-required-re-public-consultation/

 

https://serbiananimalsvoice.com/2017/03/02/uk-a-letter-to-mr-chope-the-helper-of-suffering-uk-circus-animals/

 

https://serbiananimalsvoice.com/2017/02/28/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/

 

https://serbiananimalsvoice.com/2017/01/13/uk-sir-roger-moore-james-bond-to-prime-minister-its-past-time-to-ban-animal-circuses/

 

https://serbiananimalsvoice.com/2015/05/02/uk-london-victory-39-rescued-circus-animals-returned-to-the-jungle/

 

https://serbiananimalsvoice.com/2015/03/10/32552/

 

https://serbiananimalsvoice.com/2014/10/18/uk-england-david-cameron-prime-minister-gives-2-fingers-to-94-of-british-public-and-blocks-a-ban-on-the-use-of-wild-animals-in-english-circuses/

 

https://serbiananimalsvoice.com/2014/10/13/england-just-days-before-a-circus-animals-vote-in-parliament-deputy-pm-nick-clegg-does-a-u-turn-on-his-high-wire/

 

https://serbiananimalsvoice.com/2014/10/07/england-the-use-of-wild-animals-in-circuses-could-be-10-days-away-please-take-action-now/

 

https://serbiananimalsvoice.com/2012/11/30/uk-the-uk-government-jumps-through-hoops-to-accommodate-an-industry-it-has-consistently-failed-to-control-who-are-the-real-clowns-in-this-circus-fiasco/

 

https://serbiananimalsvoice.com/2012/03/24/england-uk-wild-animal-ban-will-help-circus-industry-but-government-must-act/

 

https://serbiananimalsvoice.com/2011/11/10/uk-england-what-the-majority-of-brits-want-uk-circus-owners-to-be-prosecuted-for-abuse-to-anne-the-elephant/

 

https://serbiananimalsvoice.com/2011/06/21/uk-roll-up-roll-up-to-the-ugliest-show-on-earth-take-action-now-before-2306-and-call-your-mp-to-vote-for-a-ban-on-wild-animals-in-british-circuses/

 

 

 

 

 

USA: Congrats To Illinois – The First State To Ban Elephants In The Circus.

 

SPRINGFIELD, IL — If you want to take your kids to see elephants at the circus, you’ll have to do it before the start of the New Year.

On Aug. 11, Gov. Bruce Rauner signed a bill that made Illinois the first state in the country to ban the use of elephants in traveling circuses that come to Illinois. The law is a victory for animal rights activists, not to mention elephants, which have endured abuses behind the scenes. The issue has been polarizing, as many people attach a fond nostalgia to the thought of seeing elephants at the circus.

The law will officially take effect on Jan. 1, 2018 and will not only be the first to ban the use of elephants but also the first nationwide to ban the use of animals in performing acts, according to WTTW. The bill passed unanimously in the Illinois Senate by a 55-0 vote. In the House, there was some resistance, but the bill passed with a 91-14 vote before Rauner’s signature sealed the deal.

Read more at 

https://patch.com/illinois/springfield-il/illinois-first-state-ban-circus-elephants

 

 

 

 

 

UK: New Chance For Circus Animal Ban – But Your Help Required Re Public Consultation.

 

https://www.captiveanimals.org/ 

 

 

 

 

 

Germany: Environment Committee Decides In Paliament – There Will Be No Ban On Wild Animals Being Used In The Circus.

http://www.abendzeitung-muenchen.de/inhalt.umweltausschuss-entscheidet-bundestag-kein-verbot-von-wildtieren-im-zirkus.1106ecac-4321-4917-afc3-b66f90afa56b.html 

Environment committee decides in Parliament: No ban on wild animals in the circus

 

The hope of animal rights activists has thus shattered: There will be no ban on wild animals in the circus. Who voted against? Strong setback for animal friends: lion, elephant and zebra stay in the arena.

The environmental committee of the German parliament rejected yesterday the request of the left to ban wild animals from the circus. Despite the clear majority of the SPD, the Greens and the left in the committee, which all plead in their programs for a ban on wildlife, the application was rejected.

Surprisingly, the SPD (Social Democratic Party of Germany) voted against the ban. According to representative surveys, however, the majority of the population is behind a ban, as the animal protection organization “Animals United” confirms.

Now the association wants to mobilize more protests for an animal-free circus.

Viktor Gebhart of “Animals United”: “Especially from the SPD, which over the past years has repeatedly made a ban, the animal friends had expected more nationwide, but the SPD fell today in their back. That is an animal welfare scandal and a clear break with the party’s own conviction, which today had the power to put an end to animal cruelty in the Manege, “he says.

My comment to this:

And so we, who fight for the rights of the animals, are once again betrayed by politics.

The SPD with the party chairman, the illiterate Martin Schultz, has no chance in the next elections. But that will not help, because the CDU (the Conservatives) are not better and will remain in power.

In short: ideology and color in politics are different – at best – only when it comes to people. When it comes to animals, prevails unanimity in slavery, exploitation, and animal suffering!

Best Regards to you Dear Mark and all,

Venus

 

 

Here’s the list of countries that have implemented bans on circuses that use wild animals:

  • Austria

  • Bolivia

  • Bosnia and Herzegovina

  • Colombia

  • Costa Rica

  • Croatia

  • Cyprus

  • El Salvador

  • Greece

  • Israel

  • Malta

  • Mexico

  • The Netherlands

  • Paraguay

  • Peru

  • Romania

  • Singapore

  • Slovenia

These countries are really showing Germany and the UK up with their progressive, compassionate policies.

 

 

 

 

USA: Breaking – The Show Must Go On – Ringling Bros Circus To Send Tigers To German Circus !

 

 

 

BREAKING: Ringling Bros. Plans To Ship Its Tigers To German Circus

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus just held its last show ever on Sunday — but life could be getting even worse for the circus’ tigers.

Feld Entertainment, the parent company behind Ringling Bros., has applied for a permit to ship eight of its tigers overseas to a circus in Germany instead of retiring them to a sanctuary, according to documents provided to The Dodo by the Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF).

In the notice, Ringling claims the tigers would serve “to enhance the propagation or survival of the species,” a requirement put in place by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFW) to ensure endangered species, like tigers, are only shipped for conservation purposes. But according to ALDF, this requirement doesn’t always receive the scrutiny it deserves.

“The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has historically taken a controversial ‘pay-to-play’ approach to the enhancement requirement, often rubber-stamping permits for objectionable uses of endangered species so long as the applicant makes a nominal donation to a conservation program,” ALDF said in a statement. “It is well-established that use of tigers in circuses fails to educate the public and has no nexus to legitimate species conservation. In fact, many experts opine that the use of exotic animals for entertainment acts and other traveling shows is harmful to their wild counterparts.”

The announcement comes as a blow to animal lovers throughout the country, many of whom hoped that Ringling’s January decision to close its doors for good would mean its animals would finally be able to retire to more natural lives after years of mistreatment.

Ringling Bros. has been dogged by accusations of animal abuse for decades, ranging from suspicious deaths of elephants to the brutal training methods used on young calves who had been torn away from their mothers.

But while most of the public attention has focused on the plight of Ringling’s elephants, the circus’ big cats were living an equally depressing life.

An undercover report published last year described life as a “nightmare” for the tigers. They spent most of their lives packed into tiny cages in parking lots or behind buildings, devoid of water to swim in or room to run. Tigers are solitary, and this closeness led to frequent fighting — many tigers were covered in scars, and others had cracked paws or pressure wounds from living on the unnatural concrete.

 

Jay Pratte, an animal trainer with 25 years of experience who conducted the investigation, said he saw tigers display signs of mental distress, such as compulsively over-grooming themselves until their skin cracked or pacing their cages obsessively.

In the circus ring, tigers were trained using whips and prods, and their fear was palpable, according to Pratte. “When the goads or whips are raised, the cats flinch and shy back every time,” he said. “The cats know only fear, dominance and punishment.”

When Ringling’s elephants were retired last year, they were sent to the circus’s Center for Elephant Conservation in Florida, the controversial breeding and training ground where many of Ringling’s alleged abuses took place. It’s still unclear what life is like for the elephants there, or if they will continue performing in some capacity.

But now it seems the tigers’ future is even more murky. If the permit is approved, the eight tigers will be sent to Zirkus Crone, a circus in Munich that’s had its own share of abuse accusations — including claims that many of the circus’ animals, similarly to Ringling, are suffering from arthritis and mental distress and are denied proper living conditions.

In a statement, ALDF said it “strongly opposes Ringling’s effort to condemn these tigers to continued exploitation for ‘entertainment’ when there are humane options for the endangered animals.” For now, the best hope is that public outcry will prevent USFW from approving the permit request — which will be open for public comment for 30 days beginning on Friday — and save the tigers from years of further performances

“The curtain has come down on Ringling Bros. and an enlightened public is turning away from the outdated notion that it’s acceptable to use endangered species as entertainment props,” Stephen Wells, executive director of ALDF, said in a statement. “After spending years being carted around in cramped transport cages for 50 weeks of the year, it’s time for Ringling and trainer Alexander Lacey to let these tigers live out their lives at a reputable sanctuary where they can experience the space, habitats and peace they need and deserve.”

To help stop these tigers from being sent to another circus, you can submit a comment asking USFW to refuse the permit.

 

The Bear Issue !

Cancel Cruel Circus Whose Bear Urinated on Herself

Petition Link:  https://animalpetitions.org/199038/cancel-cruel-circus-that-saw-a-bear-urinate-on-herself-due-to-stress/

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.

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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

Founder