Target: Christina Rees, Parliament Member
Goal: Applaud town’s successful efforts in forcing out a big cat circus.
A lion tamer’s show was forced to cancel after huge objection came from the townsfolk and animal loves from all over. Thomas Chipperfield, the only lion trainer left in all of Britain, had plans for a show in the town of Porthcawl, Wales. However, his show, which is called An Evening with Lions and Tigers, was shut down due to resistance lead by Parliament Member Christina Rees and the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. The RSPCA stated that they believe “there’s no place in modern society for circuses that force wild animals to preform for the amusement of people” and that “[t]he complex needs of wild animals cannot be adequately met in a circus environment.”
An Evening with Lions and Tigers currently holds two lions and three tigers. In circuses, big cats are often confined to small, cramped cages which leads to many psychological problems. Typically, they only time these cats are able to stretch their legs and get out of their cages is when they are forced to perform in front of a large, loud crowds. These animals deserve so much more.
Hopefully more towns take the initiative that Porthcawl did and oppose the circus’ future shows. This is a clear showing of people working together to speak for those who cannot speak for themselves and succeeding. Sign the letter below and applaud Christina Rees, the RSPCA, and the people of Porthcawl for speaking up, and ask them to encourage other towns to do as they did.
Dear Christina Rees,
First of all, thank you so much for all the time and effort you put into the fight against An Evening with Lions and Tigers. Your work is much appreciated by humans and animals alike. Since this was such a success, it would be great if you could continue this fight in towns where the show still plans on performing. Your words could encourage another town to take a stance against this circus. If enough towns boycott, then An Evening with Lions and Tigers could become no more.
The circus has no plan of stopping. Anthony Beckwith, one of the directors of the circus, stated that “[a]nimal rights protesters believe animals have equal rights to humans, but that’s just really bizarre and extreme.” It is up to the people to show the circus that it is not wanted anymore and that these animals deserve so much more.
[Your Name Here]
Photo Credit: Jane Hilton