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Monday, April 23, 2012

Circus, Ballarat races targeted by animal liberation groups



LOUD: Coalition for the Protection of Racehorses campaign manager Elio Celotto protests about jumps racing at Ballarat Turf Club's first jumps racing meet since 2009. Photo: Lachlan Bence.
from:  thecourier.com.au
BY EVAN SCHUURMAN
23 Apr, 2012 
ANIMAL rights protesters were in full voice in Ballarat yesterday, making their presence felt at two public events.
The Coalition for the Protection of Racehorses (CPR) led a well-planned protest at the Ballarat Turf Club’s first jumps racing meet since 2009, while a group of about 20 animal advocates caused animosity outside the Lennon Brothers Circus. 


Several were seen at both events.


Protesters were greeted with backlash at the circus as members of the public resisted megaphones pointed directly at them while they attempted to leave the Ballarat Showgrounds.


“Please think before taking your kids into the circus again, they shouldn’t grow up around animal cruelty,” one protester said on the loudspeaker. “Your entertainment is their (the animals) abuse and suffering.”


Protest co-ordinator Stephanie Dyer defended the aggressive approach, saying the public needed to know what went on behind the scenes.


“They’re bringing their kids here to have a good time but the public don’t understand what these animals go through for their entertainment,” she said.


“It’s really important that the public is educated so they can make an informed choice.”
 
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