Herefordshire Country Fair cancels Chipperfield show after ADI raises significant animal welfare concerns
Herefordshire Country Fair has cancelled a controversial lion show after Animal Defenders International (ADI) raised significant animal welfare concerns with event organisers. ADI’s Care2 petition against the circus-style performance attracted over 12,000 signatures in just four days, reflecting overwhelming public opposition to such wild animal acts.
ADI President Jan Creamer said “We are delighted that the Herefordshire Country Show has had a change of heart and pulled this Victorian lion act. Public opinion is clear – it is offensive in this day and age to make wild animals perform in the name of entertainment, and widely accepted that the animals’ welfare needs cannot be met. The government must take action to pass long overdue legislation to prohibit wild animal acts.”
A stand-alone show featuring the lions and tigers was denied a licence by local authorities in Scotland earlier this year, but ‘An evening with lions and tigers’ got the go-ahead in Welshpool, Powys. The event runs until Sunday 12 July and has attracted negative publicity and condemnation from animal organisations and members of the public, with low audience levels reported.
In Herefordshire, four year old lions Assegai and Tsavo were to appear in four performances and be on display all day. The lions live in cages alongside tigers Nadia, Altai and Syas on the back of a truck known as a ‘beastwagon’. Their owner is circus trainer Thomas Chipperfield, a relative of the notorious Mary Chipperfield who was convicted for multiple counts of animal cruelty in the late 1990s following an investigation by ADI. Find out more
Until the Government brings in the long-promised ban on wild animals in circuses the suffering of Assegai, Tsavo, Nadia, Altai and Syas and other animals will continue in Britain, despite the clear public opposition.
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