Councillor does not object to controversial circus in Lichfield

Peter Jolly's Travelling Circus setting up in Lichfield

Peter Jolly's Travelling Circus setting up in Lichfield

A Lichfield councillor has said he is not opposed to a controversial circus appearing in the area he represents – as long as the animals are being well-treated.

Councillor Ian Jackson (Lib Dem & Independent Alliance) represents Leomansley on Lichfield District Council.

Peter Jolly’s Circus has taken residence in a field off the Walsall Road for a series of shows from August 12-16.

But the circus has been criticised by an animal rights group who have called for a boycott of the shows.

However, Cllr Jackson said as long as the care of the animals was humane he had no issue with the circus taking place. He explained:

“I am not idealogically opposed to the circus being there – as long as the treatment the animals receive is humane.”

But one of the campaign groups who were involved in protests when Peter Jolly’s Travelling Circus came to Burntwood in 2008 has said animals don’t belong in circuses under any circumstances.

Peter Thomas from the Captive Animals’ Protection Society (CAPS) told The Lichfield Blog:

“Animals don’t belong in a circus. The constant transportation from town to town for eight months each year and confinement for long periods means that a travelling circus can never meet all of the needs of these animals, whether elephants, lions, tigers or horses.

“Claims by circuses that animals are stimulated by performances are false. In fact, the same tricks are generally repeated for years. Animals are trained away from the scrutiny of the public, politicians or welfare groups. Undercover investigations at circuses in the UK have revealed animals beaten with sticks, bars and whips and sick animals hidden from the RSPCA.

“There is no educational value in seeing these once proud animals reduced to performing tricks in an unnatural environment. Circuses teach a lack of respect for animals. CAPS is not opposed to circuses, only to the use of animals, and we encourage people to avoid animal circuses and instead visit one of the many excellent shows that rely entirely on human skills.”

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1 Comment

  1. Paul Thomas

    11th August, 2009 at 3:30 pm

    Boycott animal circuses

    Animals don’t belong in a circus. The constant transportation from town to town for eight months each year and confinement for long periods means that a travelling circus can never meet all of the needs of these animals, whether elephants, lions, tigers or horses.

    Claims by circuses that animals are stimulated by performances are false. In fact, the same tricks are generally repeated for years.

    Animals are trained away from the scrutiny of the public, politicians or welfare groups. Undercover investigations at circuses in the UK have revealed animals beaten with sticks, bars and whips and sick animals hidden from the RSPCA.

    There is no educational value in seeing these once proud animals reduced to performing tricks in an unnatural environment. Circuses teach a lack of respect for animals.

    CAPS is not opposed to circuses, only to the use of animals, and we encourage people to avoid animal circuses and instead visit one of the many excellent shows that rely entirely on human skills.

    We also ask people to write to their MP, asking them to encourage the government to ban the use of animals in circuses.

    Circuses YES, Animals NO.

    Paul Thomas
    Campaigns assistant

    The Captive Animals’ Protection Society
    PO Box 4186
    Manchester
    M60 3ZA
    0845 330 3911
    http://www.captiveanimals.org

    Registered charity in England and Wales. Number 1124436