Visiting circus meets with protest to boycott

Crewe and Nantwich Animal Rights Organisation. Circus protest (1)A visiting circus to Nantwich has been greeted with protest from the Crewe and Nantwich Animal Rights Organisation.

Peter Jolly’s circus, which has been staging performances at the Alvaston Business Park, off the A530 / Nantwich bypass, from June 18th with protesters from the Crewe and Nantwich Animal Rights being on site also every day from 1 hour before each performance is scheduled to take place.

Peter Jolly’s final showing  at Nantwich today is at 2pm, they are then moving onto Congleton.


Crewe and Nantwich Animal Rights Organisation. Circus protest (10)Mandy Gwilt, Spokesperson for the Crewe and Nantwich Animal Rights Organisation said:

“We are here to make our stand against the use of animals in this and any circus.
We don’t believe animals have got any place in a circus in this day and age, they are kept confined in small cages, travelling up and down the country without proper exercise.

There are many incidences known of animals being beaten and deprived of food in order to make them perform, this is just not ethically right.

Whilst we have been here peacefully protesting there has much support by drivers passing by tooting their horns and calling out. There is without a doubt great support for us judging by the numbers seen attending the circus”.

There has been full support by the Crewe & District Cats Protection League and also the RSPCA

The RSPCA has reaffirmed its opposition to the use of live animals in circuses after the big top rolled into Nantwich, but the RSPCA is asking locals to boycott going to circuses that use live animals.

RSPCA head of public affairs David Bowles said:
“The impact of circuses on animal welfare is serious and potentially debilitating for each and every animal involved.
Animals are forced to endure the constant travel, cramped temporary cages, and noisy conditions of a circus.
It is not a quaint tradition that harks back to Victorian times. It is an archaic and heartless practice which must be stopped completely.

This circus may be one of two that are licensed to use wild animals – but that is still too many.”

Crewe and Nantwich Animal Rights Organisation. Circus protest (12)Peter Jolly’s argue that as only one of two circuses in the UK to be licensed by DEFRA, all the animals are looked after properly.

Anthony Beckwith, spokesman for Peter Jolly’s Circus said:
“We are licensed by DEFRA and their checks are very stringent.
We are inspected seven times a year and three of those are surprise checks where the inspectors just turn up.
Every single animal has its own individual paperwork.
We have IDs and thorough records of all the checks we carry out.

“Every time we do anything with the animals – when they are fed, watered, transported; everything – it’s all recorded and people don’t have to take our word for it; they can see all this information on Defra’s website for themselves.
We have an open door policy.
People are welcome to come down and see the animals and the conditions they are kept in for themselves.”

Peter Jolly’s final showing  at Nantwich today is at 2pm, they are then moving onto Congleton.