One Green Planet and 33 Lions Back to Africa

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Great article on One Green Planet about the background of the circus campaigns, the investigations, the prosecutions and the laws protecting animals – 31 countries now ban animal circuses:

http://www.onegreenplanet.org/animalsandnature/animal-rights-group-is-fighting-cruel-animal-circuses/

The new home in Africa for 33 Spirit of Freedom lions:

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Mexico Bans Wild Animal Circuses

Every ban on animal circuses is special, but there’s no doubt that the passing of the ban in Mexico is a thrill; so many animals will be saved and another country joins the bans across Central and South America. The world is changing for animals. Well done, Mexico!

And what a wonderful birthday present for the remarkable and legendary Bob Barker, who has funded so many of ADI’s campaigns and of course has funded a huge share of the costs of our current rescue of the wild animals from circuses in Peru – a true animal hero.

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I write from our Spirit of Freedom temporary rescue centre in Peru, as we gather together the animals to be relocated to their wonderful new homes, so it seems appropriate to include a picture of one of our residents, dozing on a sunny afternoon as her new life starts to unfold before her. Thanks to the generosity of Bob Barker and thousands of our supporters who continue to give, a wonderful new home in the Amazon jungle awaits the monkeys and freedom to roam in huge enclosures in Colorado awaits our 30 lions.

We’re continuing to raise funds for the monkey enclosure in the Amazon and we’re looking for volunteer construction workers for January. Please keep donating and get us to the finish line!

UK Wild Animal Circus Bill – Government allows MPs continue to block

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Shameful scene in the UK Parliament yesterday as it became clear that the Government appears content to see the Wild Animals in Circuses Bill continue to be blocked by their MPs. Again, Chris Chope blocked Jim Fitzpatrick’s Private Members Bill. Between them, MPs Chris Chope and Andrew Rosindell have now blocked the Bill five times. This is a measure supported by 95% of the public and our last survey found 63% support in Parliament. Such continued opposition appears contemptuous. Observers might feel the Prime Minister’s words of support over the past few years look like a sham.

Pictured are Percy and Bob, rescued as cubs from a Bolivian circus, enjoying their new life. How can anyone oppose that?  #CIRCUSBAN

LION ARK – see how it’s done….

Perhaps ministers and MPs need to come to the Prince Charles Leicester Square on 6 December to see how a government with real respect for public opinion dealt with this issue – LION ARK is playing for one night – the story of Bolivia’s ban on animal circuses, the investigations, the protests, the campaign for the law and how the Bolivian Government enforced the law by removing animals from illegal circuses. TICKETS  http://bit.ly/1opCVX6

LION ARK comes to London as Parliament Debates British Animal Circus Ban

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Tomorrow (Friday 21st) is the 4th attempt at the essential ‘Second Reading’ stage of the British Wild Animal Circus Bill, introduced by MP Jim Fitzpatrick following constant stalling by the Government about moving its own Bill forward (the two Bills are the same).

Each time the Fitzpatrick Bill has been presented, MPs from the Government’s own party have blocked it in the most undemocratic fashion, flying in the face of strong public and parliamentary support, as well as the Government’s own promises for the past two years! Shame on the Government for the political shenanigans and shame on the Conservative MPs who have chosen to snub public opinion. The Government could easily put their own Bill through, or support the Fitzpatrick Bill. They have chosen not to do it. The Prime Minister claims he will do it, and takes no action.

Over 15,000 members of the public have urged the Prime Minister to back the Bill. Please keep sharing the petition and following the messages on the ADI facebook page: http://bit.ly/1zwRPKr

In stark contrast to these displays of feebleness in the UK, the film LION ARK is coming to London on 6 December, to the Prince Charles Cinema, Leicester Square. LION ARK tells the story of the ban on ALL animals in circuses in Bolivia and follows the journey of 25 lions from suffering to peace and freedom. A good example of decisive government, and how the lives of circus animals can be changed with the right laws. A live action documentary, up close and personal with the rescuers and the animals they fight to save. BOOK YOUR TICKETS TODAY for our London Gala Screening of Lion Ark on Saturday 6 December. Join me and LION ARK director Tim Phillips together with celebrity guests and MPshttp://bit.ly/1opCVX6

Single Member of Parliament Blocks Bill to Protect Wild Animals in Circuses

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Utterly disgraceful display of contempt for democracy in the UK Parliament yesterday, when one single pro-animal circus MP, Conservative Andrew Rosindell, blocked the second reading of the Wild Animals in Circuses Bill 2014-15 (a Private Members’ Bill) to end the use of wild animals in circuses. The Romford MP’s objection to the Bill flies in the face of the will of 95% of the British public, of 63% of Members of Parliament, and the Government’s own promise that it wants to see an end to the suffering of wild animals in circuses in the UK.

Mr Rosindell has been a champion of the now defunct Great British Circus, where ADI exposed shocking abuse of performing elephants by their trainers and keepers and used the rules of Parliament to block the progress of the Bill to the next stage, with his single objection.

The Bill, sponsored by former minister Jim Fitzpatrick MP, follows the exact language of the Government’s own Wild Animals in Circuses Bill, which, although ready to place before Parliament, the Government has failed to progress.

Mr Ronsidell was able to use the rules on Private Members’ Bills to impose his minority viewpoint over the majority because just one objection can block progress, as such Bills are not official Government business.

However, we must redouble our efforts – this Bill is still our best chance to secure protection for these animals ahead of the General Election in 2015 – ACT TODAY –

Go back to your Member of Parliament and ask them to speak with Mr Rosindell and then also to:

Speak with Liz Truss MP, Secretary of State for Environment Food & Rural Affairs and the minister, Lord de Mauley – urge the Government to support this Bill or schedule time for its own Bill to ensure it passes before the General Election in 2015, fulfilling the Government’s promise to the public.

Sign and share our petition calling on the Prime Minister to back to the bill http://bit.ly/1zwRPKr

Find out more http://bit.ly/1waKl0l

Elephants out of Control on Al Jazeera

Interviewed with Antonio Mora on Al Jazeera’s ‘Consider This’ show tonight – showing our video of Carson & Barnes elephants at Jordan World Circus being beaten, electric shocked and abused. One elephant cries out in pain. Later, the video shows them giving rides to children.

Consider This also showed the behind-the-scenes abuse of elephants at Have Trunk Will Travel of California, again using stun guns giving painful electric shocks to elephants to force them to obey.

This is the third time in the United States that we have shown stun guns being used on elephants – the other culprit was Mike Swain performing with a Trunks & Humps elephant.

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British Government Drags its Feet on Wild Animal Circuses – Again

In a shameful failure to show leadership and support the will of Parliament and public, the British Government has failed – again – to end the suffering of wild animals in travelling circuses. This weakness leaves the UK open to animals arriving with circuses from abroad.

For the second year, the promised wild animal circus ban has not been included in the Government’s legislative schedule.

This embarrassing debacle over a widely-supported measure looks set to continue unless the Coalition Government can show that it has the strength and leadership to follow its own recommendations, as set out in the draft legislation – recommendations which are the result of years of consultations, examinations, committees and working parties.

In a survey conducted by the Department of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, 94.5% of the public supported a wild animal ban; the majority of Members of Parliament support a ban; the British Veterinary Association has announced its support for a ban.

If it is to retain any credibility, the Government needs to stop running away from this issue and ensure the promised ban does not run out of time before the next General Election.

Since the UK was promised a ban in 2012, seven countries have passed similar legislation. Shameful.

Further delay just looks weak and is an embarrassment for the UK, when compared to the leadership shown by 27 countries across Europe, Asia, and Latin America – see: http://www.ad-international.org/animals_in_entertainment/go.php?id=281

If you’re in the UK – tell your MP today, that you want to see this ban pushed through. The animals have waited long enough.