Demonstration a success, but let’s keep going

Protesters turned out in force yesterday afternoon to join the annual demo against animal circuses at Knutsford, Cheshire, in light of the evidence of cruelty inflicted by staff at Bobby Roberts circus on Anne the elephant, which was exposed by ADI earlier this week.

More than a hundred demonstrators, armed with banners, leaflets, posters and megaphones descended on the Heath in the Cheshire town of Knutsford to show their concern.

The CAPS team was there last night along with national and local groups, including grassroots group, Manchester Animal Action, who organise the demo each year as a joint venture with CAPS.

Said CAPS Director, Liz Tyson:

“We always plan demos well in advance and so this one has been in the diary for a while – we normally have a relatively small group of supporters here each year, showing their concern on the use of animals in circuses.

“This year though, we have been inundated with calls asking how people can get involved and we’ve been welcoming people along from as far away as Brighton and London. Those supporters that couldn’t make it in person have posted messages of support on social networking sites and sent emails to spur us on. We have lots of first-time protesters here tonight and everyone is telling us what a fantastic atmosphere it is and how they are keen to help out again.

You know that you are winning the battle when there are five times more people outside in protest than are walking through the entrance to see the show”.

The protests will continue each day that the circus is on the site and so we are encouraging people to keep the momentum up. Please contact CAPS on 0845 330 3911 or email info@captiveanimals.org for more information.

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