Concerns over circus in Milngavie

Horses in winter at Newbigging
Horses in winter at Newbigging

AN ANIMAL protection group is urging people to boycott the Bobby Robert’s Super Circus which was in Milngavie until today (Thursday).

OneKind and the Captive Animals’ Protection Society (CAPS) appealed to people not to go and see the travelling animal circus which was in the West of Scotland Football Club on Glasgow Road.

The show, which was recently at the centre of a scandal involving the mistreatment of an elderly Asian elephant named Anne, still has a number of horses performing.

Anne, a 57-year-old Asian elephant, was filmed undercover being struck with a metal pitchfork, kicked in the face and body and shackled by heavy chains - she has since been re-homed at Longleat Safari Park.

Libby Anderson, policy director at OneKind, said: “Making animals travel long distances, suffer confinement and often intensive training methods, and perform meaningless tricks for entertainment is a thing of the past.

“The majority of circuses in the UK no longer use animals in their performances.

“We would like compassionate people to make it clear that they will not tolerate the exploitation of animals – we urge them to visit only human circuses.”

Liz Tyson, Director of CAPS said: “With the Scottish Parliament beginning to discuss whether or not the keeping of wild animals in circuses should be formally banned, we sincerely hope that the use of wild animals in circuses will soon be a thing of the past in Scotland.

“In the meantime, we encourage people to vote with their feet and to avoid any circus that continues to use animals in their performances and, instead, visit one of the fantastic shows with an all-human cast.”

The circus is expected to travel on to Cardross, Largs, Irvine and Ayr this summer.

A spokesperson for Bobby Roberts Circus said: “Horses, ponies and dogs travel with us and we are proud of our animal welfare.

“Visitors are able to see our circus animals in their stable area after the performance.

“Anne was badly treated by someone we employed and in whom we put a misplaced trust, he is no longer working for us.

“We are inspected regularly by animal welfare officers and government inspectors.

“It is our duty to care for our animals and to ensure that they receive a well balanced diet, exercise and top veterinary care when required.

“Bobby Roberts, like his family before him, has spent a lifetime working with animals but we are also progressive in our outlook and have always been aware that we must adapt to changing times.”