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Animal Defenders International Urges Town's Residents To Boycott Circus

Thursday October 17 2013

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AN animal protection organisation has urged Barnsley's residents to boycott a circus.

Animal Defenders International (ADI) is calling on local residents to stay away from Circus Mondao's performances in Thurnscoe from October 16-20.

The circus is one of only two in England that still performs with wild animals.

Jan Creamer, chief executive of Animal Defenders International, said: "Animals with travelling circuses are on the road for almost the entire year. That means they have to endure constant transportation and live in rudimentary, temporary accommodation.

"Worse are the horrific abuses during training that Animal Defenders International has exposed behind the scenes in circuses, not just in the UK, but all over the world.

"We urge people in Thurnscoe to visit circuses with human only acts - those acts have a choice."

The suffering endured by animals in circuses is well documented and scientifically established. Given the constant travel and their temporary nature, circuses cannot provide animals with adequate facilities to keep them physically or psychologically healthy.

A circus animal’s life can also be, and often is, a violent one. Animal Defenders International has exposed circus cruelty at numerous circuses around the world, including the UK.

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Reply Posted by circus lover on Thursday October 17 2013 at 15:43
these people are do gooders and probally love the circus with animals in threr child hood enough said

Reply Posted by Village Idiot on Thursday October 17 2013 at 15:55
Correct, and the circus is closely watched by RSPCA, the owners love the animals and the animals work and are looked after better than in their working environments in dessert and jungle where they are bound and whipped to work hard carrying stuff about.

So go watch and make your own judgement, they are not mistreat at all

Reply Posted by David the vet on Thursday October 17 2013 at 17:18
The circus is closely monitored by animal welfare protection groups these days they have regular checks my vets ects.
Why would they hurt their animals it keep then on poor health ? The said animals earn them a living.
Go and enjoy the circus see the animals.
Rather than target these people have a look at your neighbours pets are they been looked after well ?

Reply Posted by nab on Thursday October 17 2013 at 17:45
a set of clowns

Reply Posted by lol on Thursday October 17 2013 at 19:06
your all just a bunch of animals

Reply Posted by sharon on Thursday October 17 2013 at 19:50
These guys put 100% into these animals and always put the animals welfare first The owners are fantastic people these animals are treat with so much love and attention from getting up to going to bed these guys are out in the stables with the animals making sure there all topped up with food and water at all times they have plenty of space to move about too so get of ur high horse and let people enjoy the circus!

Reply Posted by circus mad on Thursday October 17 2013 at 19:59
I visit every year with my 2 kids,we love it,the animals all look very healthy,the animals is what makes the circus enjoyable...please Barnsley folk show your support for the circus,those who have never been before,you will enjoy the circus..get yourself of the couch and support the circus..

Reply Posted by Bob on Thursday October 17 2013 at 21:19
The camels didn't look like they were enjoying themselves when we passed them on the M1 all cramped up in their trailer.

Reply Posted by circus mad on Thursday October 17 2013 at 21:42
bob..will you stop taking the hump,

Reply Posted by fuck on Thursday October 17 2013 at 21:21

Reply Posted by Swifty on Thursday October 17 2013 at 21:33
Let's take another child hood memory away from the kids.Next they will be saying Punch & Judy needs banning.

Reply Posted by Animal lover on Thursday October 17 2013 at 23:02
How can it be good to have Animals caged up just for a Circus it's disgraceful!

Reply Posted by Levi Tarantino on Friday October 18 2013 at 08:17
No animal is happy caged up, spending hours on the road. They have no mental stimulation.. Any animal taken from the wild and made to work and do tricks is slavery! Circuses need banning!

Reply Posted by Sharon on Friday October 18 2013 at 08:20
It's absolutely disgraceful to go and watch animals perform for entertainment. Peopke may well think that they are well looked after but I don't consider being forced to perform and constantly confined to small spaces whilst being transported being well looked after. We went to a circus last month with no animals. Our children loved it. All animals should be allowed to live and behave as nature inyended. Not to be paraded for profit.

Reply Posted by Him on Friday October 18 2013 at 08:30
What a lad of shit some of u talk there has been animals in circus for years only last few years when some no gooder banned it kids love it u carnt do anything these days health and safety and and ppl like the ones who banned it what about when u go abroad poor dolphins etc they love it and nothing is said over there

Reply Posted by Laura on Friday October 18 2013 at 08:41
Sometimes I absolutely despair of the mentality of some of the people from my home town. I'm actually embarrassed by it. Just making sure an animal has food and water does not constitute looking after. Wild animals should not be in cages or forced to perform. I don't consider myself a 'do gooder' for having this opinion. They shouldn't be out of their natural habitat, and they certainly shouldn't be caged and on the road all year.

Reply Posted by Me on Friday October 18 2013 at 08:43
Information from website, they do care:

When we move from town to town our main concern is for our animals and the conditions in which they travel. They are the last to be loaded and the first to be unloaded at the new site. The average distance travelled is only between 20 and 50 miles on the transporters and they have hay nets so they can eat when they want and when they arrive at the next site the stables are errected within the hour. They are given more hay and water and new beds to roll around in. The animals really enjoy the new grass at the new ground. The next morning weather permitting they all go out to graze at the new site with new grass. Normally no shows on Mondays and Tuesday so the animals have free time. At Circus Mondao we have seven Government Registered animal trainers with a wide knowledge of Animal Care, Training and Husbandry. There knowlege covers the smallest to the largest of animals. On top of this we are visited by 2 specialist vets and a farrier to ensure all our animals are happy and healthy. Petra and Carol are currently studying with Warwickshire College on an Equine study course. Even though Petra and Carol have a vast knowledge of looking after Equines, Ruminants and 'Wild Animals' in this day and age unless you have a certificate to prove your knowledge it does not count for anything. Madalane and Cinzia really love working with animals and also enjoy what they get from the animals and both wish to do Equine study when they are old enough, Ryszard, Carol, Jason and Petra all have certificates of competence in the transportation of animals by road.

Reply Posted by Nic on Friday October 18 2013 at 08:48
A caged animal is not a happy animal , I would not visit any circus with animals as how can they be treat well really , a large wild animal in chains or in a cage how is that looked after . No animal should be held prisoner like that or be used to make money for entertament . I also will not allow my children to visit the circus I teach them to love and respect animals

Reply Posted by Animal expert on Friday October 18 2013 at 08:56
Sharon the owners put the animal welfare 1st , are you abit think . Keeping a animal chained or caged is really putting the animals first . People like you really get on my tits , no animal should ever been used to make money or used or should u say forced to perform , how would you like to be forced to do perform them be chained or caged . Just because animals can't talk doesn't mean they don't think or feel like we do . Now I suggest you get off your high horse and go learn a thing or 2 about animals

Reply Posted by kilkenny on Friday October 18 2013 at 08:59
@Laura - I have been embarassed to admit I come from Barnsley for years love. I moved away in the 90's.

Reply Posted by kilkenny on Friday October 18 2013 at 09:25
@bobbie - now I have heard they offer free literacy classes at Barnsley College. Please attend one, there is no need to be embarassed. I have never been to prison either. I just had the good sense to move away many years ago.

Reply Posted by bobbie on Friday October 18 2013 at 09:45
@Kilkenny I am embarrassed for all us BARNSLEY WAB,having to read your dribble,you hare Barnsley,now stay away from WAB,,loserrrrrrrrr

Reply Posted by tokazchewtoy on Friday October 18 2013 at 09:39
I'm conflicted on this one. I totally disagree with wild animals being used for entertainment, but can see that if the circus is boycotted then the future for these animals could be an even grimmer one, and it mentions equine alot, so surely its only the same as horse racing or dressage which most people find exceptable? however won't be visiting the circus because I hate clowns.

Reply Posted by dedatodd on Friday October 18 2013 at 09:42
I absolutely abhor the idea of animals in cages, either at Zoo's or the circus. Animal Welfare isn't just about clean cages and food. Most of these animals are far away from their natural habitat.
I refuse to go to Zoo's and can honestly say hand on heart I haven't been to a circus or taken my son!

Reply Posted by lee c on Friday October 18 2013 at 09:46
@me.the information you provided was interesting. the specialist vets can turn up at any moment. BMBC would not allow it to go ahead if there are reports of animal cruelty.
we also have to imagine what if the animals were indeed not looked after by the circus? its their livelihood, if they were found to mistreat the animals they would be banned from performing with animals and most likely prosecuted by the RSPCA. to me, they have far too much to loose by ill treating them.
also, we need to think about is, lets suppose they were left to run around in freedom in africa or were ever they come from. chances are they wouldnt be alive today for being shot for skin and fur.
dont paint every circus like the ones reported on tv, until it is proven different, let the children enjoy the animals.

Reply Posted by lee c on Friday October 18 2013 at 09:52
further more, how many WABer's keep pets? fish in fish tanks? rabbits in hutches, birds in cadges, dogs tied up, gerbils & hamsters????? so please, before slagging the circus off, take a look in your own environment. by the way, i have 3 fish, and a cat !!!!!!!

Reply Posted by Fred on Saturday October 19 2013 at 21:04
We'll said lee C

Reply Posted by lrc on Friday October 18 2013 at 15:24
It is horrible how they use animals to make money. . Would dred to think about the parking for the greyhound owners who run at Highgate track & plus the noise of the circus may scare the dogs.. I dont allow my children to go.. like them how to respect animals.

Reply Posted by Fred on Saturday October 19 2013 at 21:10
lrc - did you actually read your own post.

'It's horrible how they use animals to make money'.
But hey wait a minute, what about the dreadful situation the poor people who use their grey hounds to earn money are in, they may even have to look a little harder for a parking spot. MUPPET.

Reply Posted by Georgina Beeley on Monday October 21 2013 at 13:32
Excuse me! Not all people use greyhounds for money... most people have them as pets..I have 5 of my own as pets.. 3 of them runs every week at Highgate greyhound stadium 1 is injured and recovering and one is retired. ..