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New Video Reveals The Suffering Of Circus Lions And Tigers

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A recent ADI investigation discloses the misery of Chipperfield’s lions and tigers as government delay ban of wild animal circus

A new investigation by Animal Defenders International (ADI) into the living conditions of a travelling lion and tiger show, has exposed the suffering inherent with performing animal shows. The controversial act, ‘An Evening with Lions and Tigers’, is the last in the UK to feature big cats, an outdated practice which is overwhelmingly opposed by the public, has been barred by many local authorities and the government has promised a ban.

ADI captured 29.5 hours of undercover footage, recorded at the big cats’ accommodation in the Black country over a three day period between 7th and 9th September this year. The footage shows the animals displaying abnormal behaviour, indicating that they are not coping with their environment.


View video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9UsJ-oc93HQ

ADI Vice President Tim Phillips said: “Travelling shows are no fun for animals. Confinement and deprivation are endemic to this industry whether the act is touring or not. The government’s failure to fulfil its promise to ban wild animal acts has let down both the public and the animals it vowed to protect. The latest ADI evidence shows regulations have failed and that these animals are desperately lacking legal protection.”

The site where the lions and tigers are situated is next to a horse abattoir and sandwiched between 2 busy main roads, the M6 Toll road and the A5, with incessant 24 hours a day rumbling traffic noise.

Thomas Chipperfield, co-owner of the show, had been at this location for nearly a year, since his Welsh tour ended in November 2015. He withdrew his licence application under the Welfare of Wild Animals in Travelling Circuses (England) Regulations 2012 after a DEFRA inspection report found the indoor accommodation was not of sufficient size.


Chipperfield has since joined Italian circus ‘Circo Di Vienna’, leaving his animals behind, for a four month winter season, reportedly working with a tiger act. He intends to return to the UK with a new show in 2017.

The animals are confined for the majority of the time to their cages on the back of a truck, with restricted daily access to an outdoor exercise area. On one of the days observed, the lions were not let out at all.

Inside the truck, the lions and tigers are seen to pace back and forth continuously to relieve the stress and boredom – this is not just a transporter, it is their home. Such pacing is an abnormal, repetitive ‘stereotypic’ behaviour not seen in the wild, but commonly observed in circuses, and indicates compromised welfare.

The lions, Tsavo and Assegai, and tigers, Nadi, Syas and Altai, are shut behind heavy steel shutters at night. On one night the shutters came down at 8pm and were not opened until 10:10am the following morning.

During the period of observation, two dogs lived in the training ring.

Even when the animals are given access to the exercise enclosure, the tigers will often remain inside their cages, appearing institutionalised to the extent that they are reluctant to leave their familiar space.

34 countries around the world have introduced prohibitions on animals in circuses to date, with England, Scotland and Wales promising to ban wild animal acts.

The Federation of Veterinarians of Europe (FVE), has concluded “there is by no means the possibility that their [wild mammals in travelling circuses’] physiological, mental and social requirements can adequately be met.”

The British Veterinary Association concludes that “The welfare needs of non-domesticated, wild animals cannot be met within a travelling circus – in terms of housing or being able to express normal behaviour.”

As well as vets, the continued use of wild animals in circuses is widely opposed by animal welfare experts, animal protection groups, politicians and a huge majority of the public. In response to a government consultation by DEFRA, 94.5% of the public supported a ban.

Over 200 local authorities in the UK have prohibited wild or all animal acts on public land and opinion polls consistently show that the public remains overwhelmingly opposed to wild animal acts, with a high proportion against all animal acts.

Despite assurances from the circus industry that animals are well cared for, the physical and psychological health of animals in circuses is inevitably compromised. Animals in circuses can also be subjected to brutal training methods and violence – wherever ADI has conducted an undercover investigation in the UK and around the world it has documented acts of abuse.

Animal circuses do nothing to teach people about the animals’ real needs and the way they live, and have no role to play in education or conservation.

Please visit www.ad-international.org for more information.

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Want to Connect With Nature? Start by Disconnecting From Busyness

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Have you ever found yourself staring at one of your (many) devices and feeling slightly disgusted with how much time you waste on technology? If so, you aren’t alone. We all have moments like these and it’s important that we use them as motivation to change – especially if we want to be more connected with nature.

How Busyness Impacts Your Connection With Nature

Whether you realize it or not, you live an ultra connected life. Between smart phones, tablets, computers, and wearable devices, you’re never very far from some sort of technology that can connect you to the internet or put you in touch with other people. That’s just the world we live in.


While it could be argued that this sort of omnipresent connectivity is a positive thing, it’s also pretty clear that being permanently tethered to technology impacts our ability to strip away distractions and connect with nature.

When you’re always within arm’s reach of a device, you feel a sense of busyness.  Whether it’s browsing your social media feed, uploading a picture, reading the news, or responding to an email, there’s always something to do. As someone who wants to spend more time in nature, this is problematic.

4 Practical Ways to Disconnect

If you want to truly connect with nature and live a greener lifestyle, you have to be proactive about finding ways to disconnect. Here are a few practical suggestions:

1. Switch to a New Phone Plan

It’s not always practical to totally unplug from the world. Family and work responsibilities mean you can’t go off the grid and continue to fulfill your responsibilities. Having said that, there are some ways to scale back.


One suggestion is to switch to a prepaid phone plan. When you have a prepaid phone plan, you’re far less likely to spend hours and hours of your time making phone calls, sending texts, and surfing the web. It forces you to be more conscious of what you’re doing.

2. Get Rid of Social Media

Social media is one of the biggest time wasters for most people. Whether you realize it or not, it’s also a huge stressor. You’re constantly being exposed to the best snapshots of everyone else’s lives, which makes you feel like you’re missing out on something (even when you aren’t).

If you want to feel a sense of relief and free yourself up to spend more time in nature, get rid of social media. Don’t just delete the apps off your phone – actually disable your accounts. It’s a bold, yet necessary step.

3. Create Quiet Hours

If you aren’t able to get rid of social media and disable various online accounts, the next best thing you can do is establish quiet hours each day where you totally detach from technology. You should do this for a minimum of three hours per day for best results.

4. Build Community

Do you know why we’re drawn to social media and our devices? Whether consciously or subconsciously, it’s because we all want to be connected to other people. But do you know what’s better than connecting with people online? Connecting with them in person.

As you build real life, person-to-person relationships, you’ll feel less of a need to constantly have your eyes glued to a screen. Connect with other people who have an appreciation for nature and bond over your mutual interests.

Untether Your Life

If you find yourself constantly connected to a device, then this is probably a clear indicator that you aren’t living your best life. You certainly aren’t enjoying any sort of meaningful connection with nature. Now’s as good a time as any to untether your life and explore what a world free from cords, screens, and batteries is really like.

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6 Tips for an Eco-Friendly Move

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Moving can be a stressful and challenging time. No matter how many times you’ve done it in the past, the process of packing up, transporting, and unpacking isn’t very fun. It’s also not very eco-friendly. As you prepare for your next move, there are things you can do to ensure you leave less of a footprint behind.

6 Tips for a Greener Move

Because of the stress and pressure felt when moving, it’s pretty common for people to rush through the process and focus on getting it done. In fact, a lot of people take an “at all costs” approach; they’ll do whatever it takes to make the process as cheap and fast as possible. Don’t be one of those people. It doesn’t take much effort to turn a standard move into an eco-friendly move.


1. Maximize Each Trip

When moving across town, it’s imperative that you make as few trips as possible. Each trip requires more gas, more emissions, and more waste, and more time.

If you’re taking your personal vehicle, consider pulling a trailer behind it. You’d be surprised how much stuff you can fit into a small trailer. Not only will it make your move greener, but it’ll also save you a lot of time.

2. Donate Things You Don’t Want to Keep

The longer you live somewhere, the more junk you accumulate. This isn’t always obvious until you start packing for a big move. Instead of bringing all of these things with you to your next home, get rid of the stuff you don’t need! If the items are useful, donate them. If the items don’t have much value, toss them.

3. Reuse Moving Boxes

Not only are moving boxes expensive, but they’re also wasteful. If you need a bunch of cardboard boxes, consider looking around on Craigslist, asking friends, or checking the dumpsters behind stores. You can usually find a bunch of recycled boxes of all different shapes and sizes. Here are 12 places you can get them for free.


4. Get Creative With Packing

Who says you need moving boxes? You may find that it’s possible to do most of your move without all that cardboard. Things like storage containers, trashcans, filing cabinets, buckets, and dressers can all store items. Blankets and sheets can be used in lieu of bubble wrap to prevent your items from getting damaged.

5. Use Green Cleaning Supplies

Once you arrive at your new place, resist the urge to pull out a bunch of harsh chemicals to clean the place. You can do yourself (and the planet) a favor by using green cleaning supplies instead. Ingredients like vinegar, baking soda, and ammonia are great to start with.

6. Forward Your Mail ASAP

Don’t delay in forwarding your mail from your previous address to your new one. Not only is it wasteful for the Postal Service to route your mail to a place where you don’t live, but the next owner is probably just going to toss your letters in the trash.

Moving Doesn’t Have to be Wasteful

Most people only move once every few years. Some people will go a decade or more without a move. As a result, the process of moving often feels strange and new. The less experience you have with it, the less likely it is that you’ll be as efficient as you should. But instead of just diving into the process blind, take some time to learn about what an eco-friendly move looks like. That way, you can leave behind the smallest footprint possible.

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