Wednesday 14th June 2006 to Sunday 9th July
Jolly's Circus - Nottm protests?
14th June 2006
Peter Jolly's Animal Circus will be performing at Widmerpool Road, Wysall, outside Keyworth, [map], from 14th to 18th June and Southwell Rugby Club, Park Lane, Southwell from 21st - 25th June.|
From 28th June - 2nd July they move to Whinney Lane, Ollerton, near Mansfield, Notts (off A6075 Tuxford Rd, near school and leisure complex - Nottingham Animal Rights will be holding a protest on the Saturday. (Map at http://www.axcis.co.uk/map/34667.html)
They will also be at Cannon Park (the home of Retford United Football Club), Leverton Road, Retford, DN22 6QF, [map], from Wednesday 5th July until Sunday 9th July. Write to the Football Club to express your concern, or politely call 01777 710300.
If you are organising a demo let us know and we'll spread the word. Don't protest alone - this circus threatened violence at recent protests at Mountsorrel in Lecicestershire.
Keyworth is 7 miles south of Nottingham City centre and buses run regularly from the Broadmarsh bus station.
Southwell about 10 miles west of Nottingham City centre and buses run regularly from the Victoria bus station.
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Performance times may be (as at previous venue) 5pm & 7.30 weekdays; Saturday 2pm & 5pm; Sunday 3pm.
Bus timetable at http://www.bartonbuses.co.uk/timetables/times/keyworthconnection.html
It seems only the 5.40 from BroadMarsh runs to the Wysall location, arriving 6.12pm and leaving 7.32pm.
The contact number for Nottinghamshire Police in the Rushcliffe South area is 0115 940 0999.
JollyWatch, who track this circus, have recorded evidence of camels left out in the rain near a pub at closing time, a zebra roaming on frozen and exposed hill and filmed despicable conditions at their Craven Arms HQ. They have also received reliable information of animals kept without water, and a bear kept in dreadful conditions. In 2003, Animal Defenders photographed Ming, a captive black bear, on tour with Jolly's, kept in the cage in the back of a lorry.
The circus proudly boasts 'entertaining' acts including Canadian Brown Bear, camels, zebra, mules, cow, ponies, horses, llamas, goats, geese, ducks, snakes, dogs and pigeons.
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Discuss this event at Notts Indymedia
From Nottingham Evening Post - 21 June 2006
(The same circus is now in Retford, N.Notts).
PROTESTS AS CIRCUS ROLLS IN...
An animal rights group is urging people to boycott a circus opening in Southwell today because of its use of animals.
The Captive Animals Protection Society claims Peter Jolly's Circus is being cruel to animals by making them perform.
It is one of just eight remaining circuses in the UK which uses live animals, and the only one to have a performing bear.
Ming the bear is taken out of a cage on a lead and marched round the arena before drinking a bottle of milk.
Paul Thomas, from the Captive Animals Protection Society, said the bear suffers because it has been taken out of its natural habitat.
"It is shipped from town to town and from city to city," he said. "And it has no companions which can't be good for it. This is an outdated mode of entertainment."
The circus will be at the rugby club, in Park Lane, Southwell, until Sunday.
Along with the bear it also uses a zebra, an elephant, camels and horses.
But Mr Thomas said it could be threatened by an animal welfare bill, which is going through Parliament and proposes to ban the use of wild species in travelling circuses.
"The Government are finally recognising the public opposition to using animals in circuses and we urge them to end the use of all animals, not just wild animals," he said.
"There are many excellent circuses that use only human skills and we would encourage the public and landowners to support these instead.
"If people want to see wild animals there are good programmes on television and these show them in their natural habitat."
Some people who have been to other performances complained about them.
Claire Morgan said she took her children Ross and Helen to the circus in Keyworth last week but had to leave half way through.
"I assumed it was illegal in this country," said the 42-year-old. "We had to leave because I was so appalled at seeing the animals."
Jolly's Circus spokesman Chris Barltrop said the bill did not propose to ban animals at circuses. Instead it will "codify" how they are kept and looked after. "Jolly's Circus welcomes that position as it will guarantee high standards of animal care and hopefully allay the concerns of the general public," he said.
"Jolly's Circus believe that groups campaigning against the circus are following their own agenda and do not represent genuine public opinion.
"Ming is 26 years old, which is an enormous age for a bear. Had she been in the wild she would probably have not lived past seven."
Circus animals are often banned from shows held on council property However, the circus is being held on private land and therefore is not under council jurisdiction.
Reader's comments on this story.
"I hope everyone boycotts it!"
"it's cruel and unnecessary, if people want to see wild animals then pay to go on a safari and see them in their natural environment"
"Have you heard of the Cirque du Soleil - they seem to manage without animals and they are infinitely better than "Billy Smarts" or this band of merry men and their not so merry capitives".
Simon Brown, Northampton
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