Friday, 23 October 2009

Animal Cruelty is not Educational

The Circus Animal Rights Coalition would like to congratulate and thank the Education Division for the decision that it has taken as regards to animal circuses. Such a decision shows that luckily animal rights awareness amongst school children is nowadays being given the relevant attention it deserves.

The Circus Animal Rights Coalition would like to sustain its position that animals used in circuses are unwilling participants in a show that jeopardizes their health and psychological well-being. Circuses force animals often through painful and punitive methods to perform tricks that are contradictory to their innate instincts and behavior, which factor results in substantial injuries during performance and training. Furthermore, animals in circuses have to sustain long distance traveling to arrive to the performance destination, during which they are often kept in unsuitable and precarious conditions. The climate of the locality area may furthermore be unsuitable for their natural temperament in such a way that they sustain undue suffering. These factors continue to exacerbate the already stressful conditions caused by confinement and transportation.

As a result, contrary to what circuses say and the justification some people use for taking children to see the show, seeing animals in circuses does not provide a realistic educational tool because the animals are forced to perform tricks and live in conditions that are not natural for them. The animals are in an environment drastically different from their natural habitats, and their spirits are broken from harsh training and from not being able to fulfill some of their most basic needs and instincts.

The coalition is on the other hand highly dismayed by the fact that notwithstanding the increasing public's opposition to the exploitation of animals in circuses, the same company persists year over year to make profit from this form of animal cruelty. The coalition has also launched a Facebook page with the name of Circus Animal Rights Coalition and an online petition which can be accessed from:

Mary Grace Vella
On behalf of the Circus Animal Rights Coalition:

Moviment Graffitti, Animal Rights Group, Ananda Marga, Association for Abandoned Animals, Island Sanctuary, Cetfree, Greenhouse, Alternattiva Demokrtika Zaghzagh, SOS Animals, St. Francis D’Assisi Foundation, Nature Trust, SPCA (Malta), Centru Tbexbix, Stray Animal Support Group, Street Cat Rescue, Share Malta, Noah’s Arc, National Cat Society, International Animal Rescue and World Animal Conscience.

News on Media:
Times of Malta - This issue came out days after our original Press Release
L-Orizzont - This issue came on the day of the PR

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