Today (13th July), the Captive Animals’ Protection Society (CAPS) posted an item on their web-site titled ’63,161 ignored by Olympic Committee as animal plans set to go ahead’.
‘… Campaigners from the Captive Animals’ Protection Society (CAPS), who submitted a petition of over 63,000 signatures to the Olympic Committee in opposition of their plans to use live animals in the opening ceremony, have branded the response from the Director of Ceremonies as “short-sighted” and “shockingly dismissive”.
The response letter, which was received earlier this week by the charity, was a version of the standard response which has been sent to some of the thousands of people who wrote directly to Olympic organisers to ask them to reconsider plans to use live farmed animals in the opening ceremony. In it, the Director of Ceremonies, Bill Morris, made assurances that the “welfare of these animals is of the utmost importance to our team”, but failed to address any of the specific concerns or queries raised in the accompanying letter submitted with the petition.
The plans have caused uproar amongst the public and leading animal protection charities, who are concerned for the welfare of the animals, but also the ethical issues surrounding the plans.
Said CAPS Director, Liz Tyson:
“The petition was signed by more people than will actually attend the opening ceremony – an entire Olympic Stadium of people who have clearly voiced their concerns. That the response did not even acknowledge the level of opposition, and simply offered the pre-prepared platitudes that we have already heard is shockingly dismissive. Not only that, but sending such a clear message to the public that their views are simply not important is short-sighted and has fostered a great deal of bad feeling. We believe that the Olympics should be something we can all be proud of and feel part of – it is a great shame that the organisers do not feel the same way”.
Read the letter HERE
What you can do:
Please politely contact the London 2012 committee, and urge them to abandon their plan to use live animals at the ceremony:
One Churchill Place
London E14 5LN
Telephone: 0203 2012 000
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