We set Artistes United to appreciate and promote the greatest of acts and performers in all areas. However the circus industry section (that used to be self governing) has now passed total control or management for the use or touring of animals to the government department for animal welfare – DEFRA.
The statement below is from the webpages of, The Association of Circus Proprietors. This is the only statement concerning the issue of performing animals. The association is the main body to deal with national authorites for circus (for all issues). There is no authority given in any form for animal supporters to comfront animal rights groups, to engage in any covert activity with the local press, or verbally criticise circus artistes or celebrities.
‘There are no members of the ACP currently using non domestic animals in their shows. The ACP policy is that it is for individual members to decide whether they wish to use animals, provided that the best standards of animal welfare and husbandry supported by strict veterinary inspections can be illustrated. The ACP welcomes the Government’s recently introduced circus animal inspection scheme but considers that the requirements may not be sufficiently strict or, in parts, are illogical and has made representations to that effect. The ACP has acknowledged that there are certain species of wild or exotic animals which are inappropriate for use in a travelling circus’.
(We have now placed an update (below) to confirm that Defra are returning to the principles of the old Act of Parliament for a requirement that covers all areas of entertainment including films and televison).