Circus animals plea

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A COUPLE of weeks ago, I joined a group of people who were protesting about the Great British Circus.

A caged tiger was visible from the road and he spent the whole of the time we were there, pacing backwards and forwards, five steps forwards and another five steps backwards. It was truly a distressing sight.

Some 18 months ago, the former government held a public consultation regarding wild animals in circuses.

The result was an overwhelming 94 per cent in favour of a ban.

The general election stopped the ban taking place. The matter was raised again, recently, in Parliament.

I heard some of the discussion on Radio 4 and found it difficult to believe what I heard. The minister was not willing for a ban to take place in case it contravened the Human Rights Act and the case was taken to the European Court.

Surely it is time this Act was challenged. In this case, there is no connection between animal cruelty and human rights. Such a ban would not stop circuses from making a living. Most are now animal-free, even Chipperfields.

He, also, said that he was prepared to set out stricter regulations. I would like to know exactly what regulation could possible make this tiger’s life remotely more bearable.

He should be free to roam large areas of jungle, instead of which he is imprisoned in a cage and transported around the country. The only time he leaves the cage is to go down a tunnel into the big top.

What sort of life is that for such an animal? No wonder he is displaying symptoms of neurotic bahaviour.

If the government will not impose a ban, I would ask people not to visit circuses with animals in. Far better to visit a safari park or to watch a documentary on television which shows animals in their natural state.

Margaret Perrett

The Heights

Findon Valley