Animal lovers lead protest

2018-07-26 06:01

CONCERNED citizens joined volunteers from Ban Animal Trading (Bat) to protest against McLaren’s Circus outside the Scottburgh Country Club recently.

Protestors were concerned about abusive methods being used to tame animals.

Bat, a non-profit organisation that focuses on local investigations into various forms of animal abuse and mistreatment, said that just because an animal appears physically well does not mean it’s okay for them to be used for entertainment purposes.

“People may think that, because the animals appear physically well, it is okay to use them in the circus. This is not true. Animals suffer in circuses,” said Bat volunteer Tara Aberdeen.

“They are taken from the wild or are captive bred for a captive life.

“These animals do not lose their natural instincts. They are forced to live in trailers and languish on tiny, barren plots of land between shows.

“These animals are subjected to gruelling training sessions and are expected to perform on demand,” she added. She also said that these animals are forced to live and behave unnaturally.

“Tigers and lions jumping through hoops is not conservation, not entertainment, not education. It is unethical,” said Aberdeen.

“After the circus protest in Scottburgh, many awareness campaigns have been held,” she said.

“The aim of our demonstration was to create awareness about the plight of animals in circuses and encourage the public to make informed choices about entertainment.

“We had a successful demonstration, with a number of families walking and driving by, communicating to us that they agree ‘Not in our town!’,” she said.

During an interview by Alberton Record with circus owner David McLaren, McLaren stated that animals don’t come [respond] to their abusers; he also added that they have registered breeders from which they get their animals from.

“Not only is there no animal abuse here, but we actually assist in conservation.

“Our Bengal tigers are an endangered species and these four tigers that we have are from a breeding programme trying to increase their numbers,” said McLaren.

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