We were asked to display a poster advertising Peter Jolly's Circus which is showing at Long Lane between the 5th and the 9th of August. As we usually do we took the notice and blu-tacked it to the wall inside our doorway, noticing that this circus featured animal acts, we commented on how unusual this was nowadays.
A couple of days afterwards we got a visit from from a gentleman representing CAPS (Captive Animals Protection Society), who was handing out a leaflet railing against using animals as "entertainment"
We had not considered this side of things and a discussion followed considering the pro's and cons of animal circus acts, and indeed if one bans such acts is it not logical to ban keeping animals as pets?
We then moved on to breeding animals for "human purposes" obviously monkeys, beagles etc for experiments, but what about cows and sheep, for meat, chickens & ducks for eggs? Would all of these animals exist if we did not breed them for "consumption"? What about animals that may not be bred / farmed exactl,y but are promoted and supported, pheasants for the glorious "twelfth"?
In light of the current media furore how about the breeding of Lions etc, for in one area Game Hunting, and in another a Game Reserve, trying to sustain a species? What view should we take here?
After running ourselves round in circles we decided to put up both leaflets and see "what the people think" – we note that the local butcher Mac Vernon has (surprisingly perhaps?) taken a similar course?
We would be very interestd in your thoughts and perhaps the views of anyone who does visit the Circus?