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Animal cruelty protesters campaign at Clacton circus
9:00am Friday 3rd August 2012 in News
ANIMAL cruelty protesters lined up with banners and placards outside a circus in a bid to make people boycott the show.
Campaigners called for people to avoid Big Top Productions Circus, currently performing in Clacton.
They claim the use of wild animals in the show is cruel.
Jane Williams led a group of about 20 people in a protest outside the circus at West Road over the weekend.
She said: “There is a minority of people that still think it is okay to have animals at the circus, and we want to get our message across to them.
“In my opinion the animals are mistreated, being forced into wretched and demeaning acts in the name of entertainment.
“Our demonstrations are peaceful, and they are all about making people aware of this problem, and maybe get them to stop and think about it for a second."
Martin Lacey, circus owner and trainer said: “We have been coming to Clacton since 1987 and the people here support us. If they didn’t, we wouldn’t come.
“The protesters were screaming at the public and the police had to be called on Sunday.
“We are here to provide entertainment, not to have our customers screamed at.
“We are licensed by council, environmental health and Trading Standards, who are responsible for animal welfare.
“We have got a clean bill of health from more than 30 councils around the country – those protestors have tunnel vision.
“The animals are not cooped up in tiny cages. When a tiger act costs £30,000 to £40,000, nobody in their right mind would mistreat that kind of investment.”