Friday, 3 July 2015

Lions and tigers to feature in Welsh circus

A new circus show featuring big cats has established itself in Wales, with the next show planned to run from 3rd July to Sunday 12th July in Welshpool, Powys. Posters describe the show as “educational” with feeding and “training displays”.

The five big cats, three tigers and two lions, belong to Thomas Chipperfield and are the same animals that were used in Peter Jolly’s circus last year. When Chipperfield left England at the end of the 2014 circus touring season, he moved the cats to Fraserburgh, Aberdeenshire. The presence of the big cats in Scotland caused controversy over the winter and led to calls for an outright ban on wild animal circuses. Attempts were made by Chipperfield to stage shows in Scotland but they were thwarted, according toreports in press, by the trainer’s failure to be granted the correct permissions.

Said Adam Roberts, CEO of the Born Free Foundation said: “In the last two years, the big cats in question have been hauled around the whole of the UK and Ireland for the sole purpose of performing outdated circus tricks for paying audiences. In 2010, 95% of respondents to the UK Government consultation on this issue demanded a ban.

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