Chelmsford: ‘Protesters fight to ban Great British Circus with animals’

Posted on September 11, 2012


Today (11th September), a news item was posted on titled ‘Protesters fight to ban Great British Circus with animals’.

‘… PLACARD-WAVING protesters picketed the entrance to an animal circus show as it returned to Chelmsford.

The Great British Circus was greeted with boos and hisses by animal rights activists, who met at Essex Regiment Way on Tuesday evening …

The circus, led by Martin Lacey, 70, is one of only four shows which still use live animals, including tigers and camels.

Dressed up as a chained tiger, protestor Wendy Morgan chased after cars as they drove into the circus on opening night.

Performer Wendy, 54, of Leigh-on-Sea, has been a circus protester since 2009.

“These animals that are being held captive are meant to be wild,” she said.

“They often hide the trailers from the public so they cannot see how they are being treated.

“I am a performer, I know what life is like on the road, I have been doing it for over 30 years.

“We will do this for as long as it takes to stop them using animals.”

It was enough to deter engaged couple Robert Winstanley, 31, and Toni Humberstone, 27, from what was going to be an “exciting evening”.

As they entered the site, protestor Paul handed the pair a leaflet, and they stopped to read it.

Toni, 27, of Rainsford Road, Chelmsford, said: “We were looking forward to coming here all day, as we are huge circus fans, but we have never been to an animal one before.

“But we read the leaflet, it just makes me want to go home and watch the clips on YouTube, and it has really put me off, we had to turn around.

“I have never experienced protestors before and, to be honest, I would rather look silly in front of the circus people than protestors, so we have to turn back and go home.

“We love animals, we’ve swum with dolphins and turtles in the Caribbean, and have two rescue dogs.

“You never really think about it, about the animals, I know it sounds bad.

“I cannot believe how many cars were handed leaflets and still drove in without even reading it

“More people need to take more time to stop and think.”

The show performs across the south east every year, and will be in Chelmsford from September 4 to 16, with protests being held over the weekend as well.

Last week, there was news that the circus was due to drop animal acts because the Government is seeking to ban animals in circuses, but just days before they arrived in Chelmsford, owner, Martin Lacey, insisted animals would remain …’

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