Great British Circus

Martin Lacey’s Lincolnshire-based ‘Great’ British Circus is one of just four in Britain to still use wild animals, claiming to have “the largest collection of wild animals touring Britain”.

They have tigers, horses, camels and ponies. In recent years they have also had lions, zebra [ref], llamas, reindeer and goats.

Stop press – 28 August 2012

Despite an earlier announcement, the Great British Circus (GBC) insist that they will continue to use animals in circus performances. This comes despite claims made by Martin Lacey (owner of GBC) last week in an article from the Horse & Hound in which he stated he would soon stop using animals all together. Most recently, he was quoted by the Southend Echo saying he “insisted he was not planning to stop using animals.” Please read CAPS news.

Now is the time, more than ever, to demonstrate outside the Great British Circus. If you are able to demonstrate please check out the ‘expected locations’ below, and contact emily@captiveanimals.org if you’re available.

BUSHEY 18th – 30th September
Little Bushey Lane, Hertfordshire, WD23 3TP

CUFFLEY 2nd – 21st October
Northaw Road B156, EN6 4QZ

updated flagROMFORD 16th Oct – 4th November (end of season)
Romford Bonzer Boot Fair Site, Whalebone Lane North, Opp. Moby Dick Pub RM6 6RB. Protests announced

Press Reports . Campaign Resources . Tour Dates and Protests

The elephants used in 2009 were abandoned after an Animal Defenders investigation inside the elephant tent of the Great British Circus showed animals being hit with a metal hook, a broom and a pitchfork, as reported on Sky News.

This year they are hiding behind a new title, ‘Big Top Productions’. The only minor reference to tigers appears at the bottom of the second page. They have abandoned the greatbritishcircus website.

The great british circus cancelled recent shows at Glen Parva in Leicester as the site was waterlogged. If conditions are too atrocious for the public, how are the animals suffering? They finally opened on 5th May 2012, but immediately cancelled the show citing ‘technical difficulties’, the difficulty being that only 14 people came! Protests continue…

Meanwhile in Nottingham the tram project office writes that “the City Council has taken possession of the showground area at the Japanese Water Gardens” and “confirm that the site will no longer host circuses or similar activities”. If they set up elsewhere protests will continue…

kick them out
 

Animal Defenders expose horrific abuse of elephants at Great British Circus

See Animal Defenders exposé on YouTube

 

Martin Lacey ‘looses it’ – classic!

Great British Circus ringmaster abuses and assaults BBC reports whilst being interviewed!


Press reports & other info

Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_British_Circus

April 2007: Advertising Standards Agency Adjudication against GBC

Circus director, Martin Lacey threatens to shoot tigers

February 2008: Circus ringmaster violently attacks BBC reporter

April 2008 – two baby tigers born into a life of captivity, never to live free with others of their own kind.

June 2008: “The days when tiger cubs could be condemned to misery in British circuses were meant to be over”. Daily Mail condemns GBC

May 2008 – Documentary about the (Not so) Great British Circus with interviews from protestors at the Grimsby shows. View Documentary on YouTube

February 2009: Great British Circus Plans for New Elephant Acts – Born Free Foundation report

February 2009: Should Elephants be going back to the circus? Times Online, quated at care2.com – 96.3% say ‘no’ as at March 29th 2009

March 2009: BBC News reports Anger over elephants’ circus show

April 2009: Leicester Mercury: Circus defends its use of animals

Sky News: Circus Elephant Beatings Caught On Camera

BBC TV Politics Show: Elephants return to the circus


Beware – circus violence

Not content with the exploiting animals for entertainment and profit (though ther’s not much of this these days), circus workers are notorious for violence against protesters, the public and the media. Would you expect anything less?

Great British Circus ThugWhilst not a very clear picture, be aware that on a visit to Nottingham this circus worker assaulted a protester … take care.

There is also a video of the incident at youtube.


Great British Circus VandalOn 21st April, 2012 a car was vandalised outside The Great British Circus at Winterton Showground, Scunthorpe. See video of incident on YouTube, with a closeup in this 2nd clip.

Campaign Resources

Prisoner of the Great British Circus TigerClick here for A4 colour tiger poster
(50k pdf file)

Click here for A4 colour zebra poster
(40k pdf file)

‘Nothing Great About Animal Cruelty’ placard
(A4 pdf file)

‘Does the Great British Circus Deserve Your Money?’
Demo Flier (from 2009, Open Office Document)

More resources & demo checklist




Tour Dates and Protests

-2012-

February 2012
24 – March 4th: Lough – Horncastle Road – Campaign details

March 2012
6 – 18: Newark Showground – Protest details
20 – April 1: Skegness – Car Boot Site, Burgh Rd, PE25 2LA. Demo details

April 2012
3 – 15 April: Grimsby – Laceby Road (Nr Morrisons) DN37 7SQ. Campaign details
17 – 27: Scunthorpe – United Football Club, Glanford Park, DN15 8TD. Demo Sat 21st.

May 2012
1 5 – 20: Leicester – Leicester Road, Glen Parva, LE29TG. Campaign details
22 – June 10: Marston, Kingsbury, Sutton Coldfield, B76 0DP. Campaign details

June 2012
12 – 17: Mabledon Farm, Tonbridge (TN10 3AJ). Animal Aid demonstrating everyday!
19 – 1 July: A25 Bletchingley Rd, Godstone, RH9 8NS. Protests throughout the run: 07885 774 759

July 2012
3 – 15 Watford: Hunton Bridge, A41, close to Exit 20, M25, WD4 8RE. campaign details
24 – 4 Aug: Clacton Airfield, West Rd, Clacton, Essex, CO15 1AG. Demos 28th July

August 2012
14 – 2 Sept: Southend Road B1013, Nr Airport opposite the Anne Boleyn pub, Rochford, Southend, Essex, SS4 1HU. Demos on 14th & 20th 2011 details

September 2012
4 – 16: Essex Regiment Way, Nabbots Roundabout, Chelmsford CM1 7TG. Demo details.
18 – 30: Little Bushey Lane, opposite Jewish Cemetary, Bushey, Hertfordshire WD23 3TP. Demos on Saturday 22nd, from 3.30pm to 5pm, contactinfo@captiveanimals.org

October 2012
2 – 21: Northaw Rd West, Cuffley, near Potters Bar, EN6 4QZ . Demo details.
October
23 – Nov 4: Bonzar Boot Fair Site, Whalebone Lane North, Nr Moby Dick, Romford, Essex, RM6 6RB. Campaign details.

-2011-

The following venues were visited last season.
You may wish to contact venues to check that they no longer support cruel circuses. Feedback welcome.

March 2011
17 – 27: Scunthorpe United Football Club, Glanford Park, DN15 8TD. 2012 Campaign details
29 – 10 April: Grimsby: Laceby Road (Nr Morrisons) DN37 7SQ. 2012 Campaign details

April 2011
12 – 27: Leicester Road, Glen Parva, Leicester, LE29TG
29 – May 8: Marston (opposite Leamarston Leisure Centre) Kingsbury, Sutton Coldfield, B76 0DP

May 2011
10 – 22: Nottingham, Japanese Water Gardens, Stapleford NG9 7JA. 2011 Demo details
24 – 5 June: Forest Rd, Near Fairlop Waters, Barkingside, Greater London/Essex. 2011 demos details.

June 2011
7 – 19: West Sussex Showground, next to Old Barn Nursery, Worthing Rd A24, Dial Post, Worthing, RH13 8NR
21 – 3 July: A25 Bletchingley Rd, Godstone, RH9 8NS. Support possible demos with South East Animal Rights: 07810 024098

July 2011
5 – 17 Watford: Hunton Bridge, A41, close to Exit 20, M25, WD4 8RE
19 – 24: London Road, Stanway, Colchester, CO3 5PB. Demo details: 19th, 24th & more.
26 – 7 Aug: Clacton Airfield, West Rd, Clacton, Essex, CO15 1AG. Demos 26th+31st July + 7th August

August 2011
9 – 4 Sept: Southend Road B1013, Nr Airport opposite the Anne Boleyn pub, Rochford, Southend, Essex, SS4 1HU. Demo details

September 2011
6 – 11: Essex Regiment Way, Nabbots Roundabout, Chelmsford CM1 7TG. 2011 Demo details.
13 – 25: Little Bushey Lane, opposite Jewish Cemetary, Bushey, Hertfordshire WD23 3TP
27 – Oct 19: Northaw Rd West, Cuffley, near Potters Bar, EN6 4QZ Demos planned.

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- 2010 -
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These venues may have been dropped, or we have not been informed of repeat visits. You may wish to contact them to confirm that they no longer support cruel circuses. Feedback welcome.

March 2010
3 – 14: Waddington, Lincoln.

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- 2009 -
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March 2009
18 – 29: Manby Showground, Louth, Lincolnshire, LN11 8UZ

June 2009
3 – 7: Boot Fair Site, London Rd, Southborough Tonbridge Kent TN4 0UQ

October 2009
6 – 18: Orsett Showground, Rectory Rd, Orsett, Essex

-2007-

February 20 – March 4: Lincoln Showground

-2006-

February 2006: Coventry dates cancelled! 2005 demo report.

March 2006: Craven Park Stadium, Preston Road, Hull.

- 2005 -

April 2005: Braintree, Essex. ‘Success for circus demo in Essex’ – report.

November 2005: Read report from demos at Chingford, London E4

Tiger at Great British Circus

Tiger at Great British Circus