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Great British Circus defends use of animals Published Tuesday 25 August 2009 at 15:35 by Chloe Thomas
Officials from the circus industry have moved to defend the use of animals in live performance, following the release of footage by an animal welfare group showing the mistreatment of an elephant at the Great British Circus Earlier this month, Animal Defenders International unveiled a video which was filmed in May and appeared to show the animals being chained up and beaten in the face by their keeper. The group has called for the government to ban the use of all wild animals in travelling circuses. However, Chris Barltrop, chairman of Equity’s Variety Advisory Committee and a spokesperson for the Great British Circus, said that the incident was a one-off and the organisation had already - prior to the release of the video - dismissed the man who had been guilty of the abuse. He told The Stage: “The circus is a culturally valuable institution and we would welcome increased surveillance of our members of staff to prove to the British public that we are working to high standards. The Great British Circus is conducting a thorough investigation of this matter and will take all necessary measures to address any concerns. The circus has also initiated a review of elephant handling by all remaining personal to ensure that our normal high standards are always met”. An independent paper prepared for the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs in November 2007, which examined the use of animals in the circus, found that there was no evidence to suggest that animals used by circuses were any worse off than animals kept in other captive environments like zoos. However, ADI claims that the new evidence means the government should reconsider its stance. Chief executive Jan Creamer said: “Making a token gesture to sack a temporary worker is not going to keep these elephants from harm. The circus breeds a culture of violence and confinement. In the name of entertainment, these vulnerable animals are beaten, poked with metal hooks and shackled for hours on end each day. We urge DEFRA to act quickly to take these animals away from this torment and the government must confirm their commitment to animal welfare by banning the use of wild animals in travelling circuses once and for all.”
Legendary circus ringmaster Jimmy James (born Jimmy James Plott) passed away of cardiac arrest on August 31, 2009 in Sun City, Florida.
James began his circus career in the wardrobe department of Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Circus in the 1960's.
In 1966, he became a member of the clown alley on Clyde Beatty Cole Bros Circus. After a successful career as a clown, he transitioned to the role of ringmaster / announcer for the same show where he remained for over 40 years. His distinctive Southern accent and booming baritone voice became synonymous with Clyde Beatty Cole Bros Circus (later Cole Bros Circus of the Stars) for decades. Mr. Plott will be buried in Columbus, Georgia.
His long time associate, fellow clown Kenny Dodd, is in charge of arrangements that will include a celebration of Jimmy James' life to be held in the fall when circuses return to winterquarters and his many friends and associates will be able to participate.
The Allentown Fair(Douglas Kilpatrick / September 6, 2009) Cindy Morris of Tampa, Fl bathes Shannon, a 27 year old African Elephant at the Elephant Encounter at the Allentown Fair on Sunday. / Sunday, September 6, 2009.
Carnival kids educated on the midway(APRIL BARTHOLOMEW/THE MORNING CALL / September 4, 2009) The outside of Great American Academy
Carnival kids educated on the midway(APRIL BARTHOLOMEW/THE MORNING CALL / September 4, 2009) Teacher Joan Mortiz, center places a graded paper on a pile during a typical school day of children of carnival workers that educated in a trailer classroom on the midway at the Allentown Fair. on Friday.
Carnival kids educated on the midway(APRIL BARTHOLOMEW/THE MORNING CALL / September 4, 2009) Teacher Joan Moritz, center of N.C., helps her students of various ages during a typical school day of children of carnival workers that educated in a trailer classroom on the midway at the Allentown Fair.