Circus animals happy to be there

Circus animals happy to be there

Circus animals happy to be there

First published in Letters

I RECENTLY took my four-year-old daughter to the Peter Jolly circus in Upton.

I must stress that I was very worried about taking her due to acknowledging that there were real animals going to be participating in the show and not knowing how they would look or act really concerned me.

As we arrived, we were shouted at by protesters standing outside.

I actually did emphasise with them at this point and kept my head down as I went and paid our entrance fee.

My daughter was too excited to turn back now! When inside, the tent seemed to ooze with positive attitude and when the animals appeared, the expression on my daughter’s face was priceless.

I looked around and each child and adult were watching in amazement.

The people delivering and also those who were helping out in the performance were exceptional and it was clear that they were ambitious and enthusiastic about entertaining others.

As for the animals, they seemed to be very healthy and happy enough to be there.

They looked clean, well fed and groomed. After the show we were able to go behind the scenes and see the animals being fed.

The places where they fed were neatly organised and surprisingly we’ll kept.

I was very sceptical about visiting the circus but I must say that it was a great day out with my daughter and she actually would like to go again!

I do understand why some people feel the need to protest but if they were to witness what I did, it may change their views slightly.

Mrs D by email.

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9:43am Thu 14 Aug 14

atienne says...

I was absolutely horrified to discover (in the Globe this week) that an animal circus had recently visited our peninsular, as I had previously thought that the use of animals for human entertainment had long been outlawed in this so called semi civilized country of ours'.
In response to Mrs D's letter 'Animals good', ...With all due respect, she is missing the point entirely in regards to what 'animal rights' protestors & activists stand for. No person concerned with the welfare & ethical treatment of animals will change their views (even slightly,) no matter how well groomed & 'happy' the animals in this dire environment appear to be.
We believe; We all have a duty to teach children the importance of treating 'any being,' as we ourselves wish to be treated. In other words; If we wouldn't like to be ripped from our natural environment to live in a cage or crate, & shipped around to perform for the pleasure of others' whilst being beaten & drugged to make us more compliant, then we should show the same respect to 'all' living beings. As after all, animals have feelings too.
Until people 'wake up' to this blatant cruelty & STOP supporting it, the epic abuses of animals by humans all round the world will continue.
I was absolutely horrified to discover (in the Globe this week) that an animal circus had recently visited our peninsular, as I had previously thought that the use of animals for human entertainment had long been outlawed in this so called semi civilized country of ours'. In response to Mrs D's letter 'Animals good', ...With all due respect, she is missing the point entirely in regards to what 'animal rights' protestors & activists stand for. No person concerned with the welfare & ethical treatment of animals will change their views (even slightly,) no matter how well groomed & 'happy' the animals in this dire environment appear to be. We believe; We all have a duty to teach children the importance of treating 'any being,' as we ourselves wish to be treated. In other words; If we wouldn't like to be ripped from our natural environment to live in a cage or crate, & shipped around to perform for the pleasure of others' whilst being beaten & drugged to make us more compliant, then we should show the same respect to 'all' living beings. As after all, animals have feelings too. Until people 'wake up' to this blatant cruelty & STOP supporting it, the epic abuses of animals by humans all round the world will continue. atienne
  • Score: 13

7:55am Sat 16 Aug 14

rodsmum says...

How you think the lions and tigers feel about living in a cage for 23.5 hours a day and just getting dragged out to perform for ignorant people who think they look like they are enjoying themselves.
How you think the lions and tigers feel about living in a cage for 23.5 hours a day and just getting dragged out to perform for ignorant people who think they look like they are enjoying themselves. rodsmum
  • Score: 11

9:44am Sat 16 Aug 14

claire.mann1988 says...

Would Mrs D take her 4 year old daughter to see people who had been captured and forced to do tricks? Somehow, I don't think so. How can an animal be truly happy out of their own habitat? The only reason they do tricks is because they are too scared what will happen to them if they don't perform them. They are taught with violence. I would love for the animals to get out and remind everyone who believes in this circus/farce just how wild they are. Maybe then, they can be treated with the respect that they all deserve.
Would Mrs D take her 4 year old daughter to see people who had been captured and forced to do tricks? Somehow, I don't think so. How can an animal be truly happy out of their own habitat? The only reason they do tricks is because they are too scared what will happen to them if they don't perform them. They are taught with violence. I would love for the animals to get out and remind everyone who believes in this circus/farce just how wild they are. Maybe then, they can be treated with the respect that they all deserve. claire.mann1988
  • Score: 11

9:51am Sat 16 Aug 14

lilianc says...

OH Mrs D ......M
OH Mrs D ......M lilianc
  • Score: 0

9:57am Sat 16 Aug 14

lilianc says...

OH Mrs D ......Mrs D luded!! The feeding of the animals AFTER the show was their payment for jumping through hoops FOR YOU !! The backstage area is THEATRE..SET DRESSING...an ILLUSION!! Did you see the animals in the lockup trucks where they spend 90% of their time? Did you see any companions for the animals who usually are in a Herd?? Eerm NO!! Lock your dog up in a cage 23 hrs a day and only feed when it has performed for you......maybe you'll get a better idea of how the animals feel....
OH Mrs D ......Mrs D luded!! The feeding of the animals AFTER the show was their payment for jumping through hoops FOR YOU !! The backstage area is THEATRE..SET DRESSING...an ILLUSION!! Did you see the animals in the lockup trucks where they spend 90% of their time? Did you see any companions for the animals who usually are in a Herd?? Eerm NO!! Lock your dog up in a cage 23 hrs a day and only feed when it has performed for you......maybe you'll get a better idea of how the animals feel.... lilianc
  • Score: 12

3:14pm Sat 16 Aug 14

Rudebox says...

Jaysus.......some people are so easily pleased. The animals 'looked OK' does not mean that they ARE OK. *facepalm*
Jaysus.......some people are so easily pleased. The animals 'looked OK' does not mean that they ARE OK. *facepalm* Rudebox
  • Score: 7

7:20pm Sat 16 Aug 14

EddieGremlin says...

David Camerons Deluded Britain - good here isn't it....
David Camerons Deluded Britain - good here isn't it.... EddieGremlin
  • Score: 2

10:08am Sun 17 Aug 14

groovydadad says...

Look at the language and the length of the letter. This is yet another post written by somebody from the circus.
Look at the language and the length of the letter. This is yet another post written by somebody from the circus. groovydadad
  • Score: 8

5:17pm Mon 18 Aug 14

rover600 says...

Happy to be there? I wondered who asked them? Seriously though The Circus owners would be crackers not to look after these animals, they are after all their bread and butter and, they're probably more at ease in a ventilated field as opposed to being closed in on the back of a lorry between locations.

Myself I'd be more tempted as we recently did to take our grandchildren to Knowsley Safari Park where the animals are in as close to their natural habitat as is possible in the UK. Plus there is a greater array of animals all in spacious surroundings.

I'll never be convinced that circus animals are 'Happy to be in The Circus' - The only way to change this it seems is not by protest but by boycott and there seems no appetite for that given the apparent sell out...
Happy to be there? I wondered who asked them? Seriously though The Circus owners would be crackers not to look after these animals, they are after all their bread and butter and, they're probably more at ease in a ventilated field as opposed to being closed in on the back of a lorry between locations. Myself I'd be more tempted as we recently did to take our grandchildren to Knowsley Safari Park where the animals are in as close to their natural habitat as is possible in the UK. Plus there is a greater array of animals all in spacious surroundings. I'll never be convinced that circus animals are 'Happy to be in The Circus' - The only way to change this it seems is not by protest but by boycott and there seems no appetite for that given the apparent sell out... rover600
  • Score: 3

7:12pm Mon 18 Aug 14

Rudebox says...

rover600 wrote:
Happy to be there? I wondered who asked them? Seriously though The Circus owners would be crackers not to look after these animals, they are after all their bread and butter and, they're probably more at ease in a ventilated field as opposed to being closed in on the back of a lorry between locations.

Myself I'd be more tempted as we recently did to take our grandchildren to Knowsley Safari Park where the animals are in as close to their natural habitat as is possible in the UK. Plus there is a greater array of animals all in spacious surroundings.

I'll never be convinced that circus animals are 'Happy to be in The Circus' - The only way to change this it seems is not by protest but by boycott and there seems no appetite for that given the apparent sell out...
Who said the circus was a sell out? Jollys did.
[quote][p][bold]rover600[/bold] wrote: Happy to be there? I wondered who asked them? Seriously though The Circus owners would be crackers not to look after these animals, they are after all their bread and butter and, they're probably more at ease in a ventilated field as opposed to being closed in on the back of a lorry between locations. Myself I'd be more tempted as we recently did to take our grandchildren to Knowsley Safari Park where the animals are in as close to their natural habitat as is possible in the UK. Plus there is a greater array of animals all in spacious surroundings. I'll never be convinced that circus animals are 'Happy to be in The Circus' - The only way to change this it seems is not by protest but by boycott and there seems no appetite for that given the apparent sell out...[/p][/quote]Who said the circus was a sell out? Jollys did. Rudebox
  • Score: 1

10:38pm Mon 18 Aug 14

atienne says...

groovydadad wrote:
Look at the language and the length of the letter. This is yet another post written by somebody from the circus.
...Mrs D's letter could very well have been written by somebody at the circus, as there is definitely something amiss with its content. However, due to the apparent sell out, I'd like to think that a percentage of spectators (albeit small) have unwittingly supported this type of event due to naivety, as oppose to being fully aware but just don't care! Which is even more scary!!
For those that are oblivious to the recruitment process, I can assure you that the animals don't sign up to join the circus voluntarily. In brief: Adult parents are violently slaughtered in the wild in front of their young. If this isn't traumatic enough, the young are then chained & dragged away for ''training''. Since it isn't normal for animals to break out into song & dance on demand, the intense training involves brutal beatings. It is not uncommon for animals to be left with large, open, festering wounds. Baby elephants can have their trunks completely severed by wicked humans. Those animals that make it through the initial training alive, are doomed to a lonely, sad life in captivity.
Peter Jolly's rep knows the procedure, so is quick to state that their animals are British born. But since when have lions, tigers & elephants been native to this country? Nevertheless, if what he says is correct, this still doesn't excuse breeding large wild animals for the sole purpose of human amusement, who will never taste even a small amount of freedom doing what comes naturally to them.
[quote][p][bold]groovydadad[/bold] wrote: Look at the language and the length of the letter. This is yet another post written by somebody from the circus.[/p][/quote]...Mrs D's letter could very well have been written by somebody at the circus, as there is definitely something amiss with its content. However, due to the apparent sell out, I'd like to think that a percentage of spectators (albeit small) have unwittingly supported this type of event due to naivety, as oppose to being fully aware but just don't care! Which is even more scary!! For those that are oblivious to the recruitment process, I can assure you that the animals don't sign up to join the circus voluntarily. In brief: Adult parents are violently slaughtered in the wild in front of their young. If this isn't traumatic enough, the young are then chained & dragged away for ''training''. Since it isn't normal for animals to break out into song & dance on demand, the intense training involves brutal beatings. It is not uncommon for animals to be left with large, open, festering wounds. Baby elephants can have their trunks completely severed by wicked humans. Those animals that make it through the initial training alive, are doomed to a lonely, sad life in captivity. Peter Jolly's rep knows the procedure, so is quick to state that their animals are British born. But since when have lions, tigers & elephants been native to this country? Nevertheless, if what he says is correct, this still doesn't excuse breeding large wild animals for the sole purpose of human amusement, who will never taste even a small amount of freedom doing what comes naturally to them. atienne
  • Score: 3

11:41am Tue 19 Aug 14

rover600 says...

Rudebox wrote:
rover600 wrote:
Happy to be there? I wondered who asked them? Seriously though The Circus owners would be crackers not to look after these animals, they are after all their bread and butter and, they're probably more at ease in a ventilated field as opposed to being closed in on the back of a lorry between locations.

Myself I'd be more tempted as we recently did to take our grandchildren to Knowsley Safari Park where the animals are in as close to their natural habitat as is possible in the UK. Plus there is a greater array of animals all in spacious surroundings.

I'll never be convinced that circus animals are 'Happy to be in The Circus' - The only way to change this it seems is not by protest but by boycott and there seems no appetite for that given the apparent sell out...
Who said the circus was a sell out? Jollys did.
Twas what I read in the Globe - The reality is, sell out or not it must have been financially beneficial/viable to extend their stay in Wirral and that could only be so if 'customers' went through the Big Top's doors... per my last post, boycott is the only thing that impacts on live animal circuses
[quote][p][bold]Rudebox[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]rover600[/bold] wrote: Happy to be there? I wondered who asked them? Seriously though The Circus owners would be crackers not to look after these animals, they are after all their bread and butter and, they're probably more at ease in a ventilated field as opposed to being closed in on the back of a lorry between locations. Myself I'd be more tempted as we recently did to take our grandchildren to Knowsley Safari Park where the animals are in as close to their natural habitat as is possible in the UK. Plus there is a greater array of animals all in spacious surroundings. I'll never be convinced that circus animals are 'Happy to be in The Circus' - The only way to change this it seems is not by protest but by boycott and there seems no appetite for that given the apparent sell out...[/p][/quote]Who said the circus was a sell out? Jollys did.[/p][/quote]Twas what I read in the Globe - The reality is, sell out or not it must have been financially beneficial/viable to extend their stay in Wirral and that could only be so if 'customers' went through the Big Top's doors... per my last post, boycott is the only thing that impacts on live animal circuses rover600
  • Score: 3

2:39pm Tue 19 Aug 14

atienne says...

Rover600,...Without feeling the need to state the obvious; If everyone boycotted all the things that involve animal torture & suffering, this would be the ultimate, perfect solution to end it all. Realistically though, one will never be able to persuade the majority to simply ''let animals be.'' As unfortunately there will always be people who think it is their right to eat, wear & enslave animals.
However, the facts are; Protestors & other activists do make a positive impact to this more than worthy cause...If only to give the animals a voice by drawing attention to, & educating those who are 'capable of feeling empathy' about what goes on ''behind closed doors'' in relation to all of the above.
In doing so, if they can make just one person change their attitude toward the unacceptable mistreatment of animals then I think that's a good thing.
Rover600,...Without feeling the need to state the obvious; If everyone boycotted all the things that involve animal torture & suffering, this would be the ultimate, perfect solution to end it all. Realistically though, one will never be able to persuade the majority to simply ''let animals be.'' As unfortunately there will always be people who think it is their right to eat, wear & enslave animals. However, the facts are; Protestors & other activists do make a positive impact to this more than worthy cause...If only to give the animals a voice by drawing attention to, & educating those who are 'capable of feeling empathy' about what goes on ''behind closed doors'' in relation to all of the above. In doing so, if they can make just one person change their attitude toward the unacceptable mistreatment of animals then I think that's a good thing. atienne
  • Score: 2

11:53am Wed 20 Aug 14

linkin_ark says...

The reason behind Jolly's extended stay here, says more about the caliber of people in the borough and what they CLASS as entertainment rather than the quality of the show.

Thankfully in recent years up and down the country ticket sales have been plummeting. In many towns whole shows have been pulled as THEIR LOCALS have no such appetite for these crude performances.

Judging from the local news reports it seems that animal cruelty as a recreational activity is rife here. Come on WIRRAL catch up with the rest of Britain and find intelligent ways to entertain your offspring!!!!!!!
The reason behind Jolly's extended stay here, says more about the caliber of people in the borough and what they CLASS as entertainment rather than the quality of the show. Thankfully in recent years up and down the country ticket sales have been plummeting. In many towns whole shows have been pulled as THEIR LOCALS have no such appetite for these crude performances. Judging from the local news reports it seems that animal cruelty as a recreational activity is rife here. Come on WIRRAL catch up with the rest of Britain and find intelligent ways to entertain your offspring!!!!!!! linkin_ark
  • Score: 2

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