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BerichtGeplaatst: vr feb 09, 2018 5:21 pm 

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Het Stardust Circus, één van de weinige bedrijven in Australië dat nog met allerlei dieren -en dus ook wilde....- reist, is de aanhoudende kritiek van de dierenactivisten spuugzat.
Met name de doodsbedreigingen die daar kennelijk bij schijnen te horen zorgden voor een al uitgebreide reactie in de pers.

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'I hope your lions f***ing eat you': Stardust Circus ringmaster hits back
at animal activists who send daily death threats to his performers over 'false' claims of animal cruelty

* Circus ringmaster has denied accusations of animal cruelty at Stardust Circus
* Adam St James said the performers were sent vile death threats and abuse
* He said the circus treated animals humanely and they were in 'tip top shape'
* 'No barbaric training sessions behind closed doors,' he told Daily Mail Australia

A ringmaster who ran away to join the circus has revealed the vile death threats and abuse his performers receive from misguided animal activists.

Adam St James is a 21-year veteran of Australia's travelling Stardust Circus - home to African lions, monkeys, horses and trick ponies - and has vehemently denied accusations of animal cruelty which his team often face.

'It certainly is a bit twisted... we've had people tell us they'd rather our staff dead than the animals,' Mr St James told Daily Mail Australia.

Adam St James is a 21-year veteran of Australia's travelling Stardust Circus (pictured) - home to African lions, monkeys, horses and trick ponies - and has vehemently denied accusations of animal cruelty which his team often faces

'The worst thing is having to defend yourself against false accusations.'

Stardust Circus is one of only two circuses left in Australia, making it an easy target of constant criticism from irate animal rights protesters.

The organisation's Facebook page has been flooded with sickening messages, while some even threatened to sneak into the circus tents and set the animals loose.

'They have been threatening to come down and release them in the middle of the night,' Mr St James said.

'I hope your lions f***ing eat you,' one particularly hateful message read.

Mr St James said his team ensures their animals are kept in 'tip-top' shape and has refuted any claims of 'barbaric' treatment.

Adam St James (pictured) said Stardust Circus has been the target of vile abuse and death threats




'There are no barbaric training sessions behind closed doors. We absolutely do ensure we do the right thing,' he added.

'The animals are loved, they are treated well and are in tip-top shape.'

He has slammed the 'city people' who abuse the circus performers and said he does not face criticism from residents in country towns such as Orange or Bathurst, where Stardust Circus is currently taking place.

The abusers were reported to the police and Mr St James said it has stopped for now.

Stardust Circus has passed multiple inspections from the RSPCA and follows the Australian Animal Welfare Standards and Guidelines for Exhibited Animals, the ringmaster said.

He said inspectors from the RSPCA have turned up unannounced to the circus tents several times and have never witnesses a whiff of animal cruelty.


The animals at Stardust Circus perform various tricks during the hour-and-a-half show, including lions walking on planks and goats climbing on ladders.

The lions are born and bred in captivity and are 20th generation circus animals.

Stardust Circus and Lennon Bros Circus are both owned by Janice Lennon and her husband Lindsey, after the Lennon family founded Lennon Bros in the 1890s.

Their Australian circus empire has faced backlash for decades from those opposed to animal performers.

The future of circus animals in Australia hangs in the balance as The Animal Justice Party pushes a bill in the NSW Parliament to ban animal circuses.

The bill would amend the existing Exhibited Animals Protection Act 1986, to ban exhibition of specified animals within a circus, amusement park, fair or similar place of entertainment.

Gelukkig komen er (soms) ook positieve reacties op facebook. Die zouden wij hier ook wel wat vaker mogen zien!


BerichtGeplaatst: vr feb 09, 2018 5:51 pm 

Lid geworden op: do jul 21, 2011 3:38 pm
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Nog een ander verhaal over ditzelfde onderwerp, met andere foto's en bewegende beelden: ... 726ee3216c

Australia’s Stardust Circus under fire for being ‘cruel’ and ‘inhumane’

WORKERS at a popular Australian show are “fearful for their safety” after being swamped with abusive phone calls.

IT’S the eve of the Bathurst 12 Hour endurance race and most of the New South Wales country town’s hotels are booked out as the buzz on Mount Panorama builds.

But the flash race cars and elite professionals who drive them aren’t the only drawcards to the area this weekend.

The controversial Stardust Circus has also rolled into town, with acrobats, clowns and animals — including African lions and rhesus macaque monkeys — in tow.

It's the largest animal circus in Australia and one of only two still operating in the country.

Ringmaster Adam St. James has been in the job for 21 years and knows the show like the back of his hand. But tonight he’s reeling.

The circus has long been the target of widespread criticism and protests over its use of exotic animals for entertainment. Animal liberation groups have slammed it as “cruel” and “inhumane”.
Stardust vehemently denies the claims and insists the animals are treated like “family”, “enjoy” being part of the act, and “always come first”.

“We’re on display to the public 24 hours a day,” Mr St. James says.

“We can have biosecurity or the RSPCA turn up here unannounced whenever.

“If it was ever proven we had done something (wrong) to our animals we would be prosecuted and closed down.”



But the situation has recently taken a turn for the worse with some of those opposed to the circus “bombarding (staff) with death threats” and warning they will set its six lions free into the dark of the night, according to Mr St. James.
He says bookings staff regularly receive abusive calls from protesters who tell them they “should be dead”.

“We’ve been to the police many times because of death threats aimed at the staff because we have exotic animals,” he tells

“We’ve had people say they’re going to come down in the middle of the night and cut the mesh of our enclosures and let the animals go (and that) they’d like to see staff of the circus killed.

“It’s getting to the point where a lot of our staff are quite fearful for their safety.

“Everyone is entitled to their opinion, but for heaven’s sake, does it really have to resort to this type of behaviour?”

Mr St. James is defiant in the face of critics and says the circus will never bow down to them and that Stardust will always be an animal circus.

“Our animals are our big draw card: lions, monkeys, ponies, goats, dogs and pigs,” he says.

As showtime nears, the animals are brought backstage where they briefly wait in holding pens.

Over the next hour and a half, the scene inside the red and orange striped big top is reminiscent a bygone era: lions walking on planks and inside metal wheels; monkeys riding miniature horses; horses performing synchronised dance; and goats climbing over ladders.

The audience claps, cheers and oohs and aahs as the animals take their turns to perform their tricks.




Despite mounting pressure to ban the use of animals in circuses, Mr St. James says there’s still “huge public demand” to see the likes of lions and monkeys in the act.

“For every one person who complains there’s 3000 who want to come to the show,” he says.

Bathurst local Kimberley Demamiel has come to the circus to see the lions close up.

“I’m not on the bandwagon of people saying there shouldn’t be animals in circuses,” she tells

“If they’re well looked after like these are and enjoying being in the circus and doing what they’re doing, which these ones obviously are, I think it’s amazing.

“How often are children in Bathurst going to see something like this close up?”


Janice Lennon and husband Lindsay own both of Australia’s animal circuses: Lennon Bros and Stardust.
Stardust Circus has about 30 staff members, about half featuring in the show while the other half is made up of mechanics, teachers and animal groomers.

Ms Lennon’s adult children from her first marriage — the Wests — and their young children make up the bulk of the act.

They’re sixth generation performers of the Lennon family, who founded Lennon Bros Circus in the 1890s.

The lions, born and bred in captivity, also have close ties to the family as “20th generation” Stardust Circus animals.

“All the animals in the circus are trained by positive reinforcement or the food for reward method,” Mr St James says.

The “positive reward method” involves giving edible treats to the animals when they follow instructions and withholding them when they don’t.



Animal trainer Matthew Ezekial says that despite common belief, the lions aren’t forced to jump through rings of fire and stockwhips are never used to frighten them into action.
He says the lions are taught tricks, such as how to “sit” and “stay”, from about six months of age.

“We play with them as babies (and use) a toy and treats to get them to go where we want and figure out what they’re good at and what they’re not,” Mr Ezekial says.

“Once they know what they’re doing we don’t really need to train them anymore.

“When they’re in a good mood they’re happy to let me do whatever I want. But when they’ve had enough you need to heed that.”


The lions are fond of travelling between towns, according to the animal trainer.

The Stardust Circus tours together for 10 months of the year, staying in each location for a minimum of one week and a maximum of four.

“While we’re driving they just sleep,” Mr Ezekial says.

“It’s relaxing so they watch the world go by.

“They get a change of scenery all the time, change of smells, fresh grass and interaction with me and the other trainers, it’s all stimulation.

“If they didn’t like it they’d be showing signs of it ...(but) they’re very chilled and relaxed.”

But a playful relationship with the animals doesn’t mitigate the risk of working with them.

It’s a lesson the circus has learned the hard way.



Stardust Circus was struck by tragedy when Arna the circus elephant trampled handler Ray Williams to death in Yamba, on the NSW north coast, in 2007.

An interim post-mortem examination revealed the 57-year-old’s injuries — a broken back and a ruptured aorta — were the result of a “severe blunt trauma” sustained during the December attack.

“The cause of death was a direct result of the elephant,” the report states.

Ms Lennon recalls the incident vividly.

“It was dreadful ... We never thought she (Arna) would do anything,” she tells

“But she accidentally killed a guy. It was a big mistake on the elephant’s part.

“Arna thought the guy had done something to the other elephant but he hadn’t.

“It was a shock to the system.”

At the time there were calls for the circus’s license to be revoked. The family donated Arna and its second circus elephant to the Western Plains zoo in Dubbo.

“We thought ‘what if it happened again’ so put them in the zoo,” Ms Lennon says.

“Arna almost fretted to death because she took it very hard.

“She later died of a broken heart.”

Ms Lennon says the experience taught her that “an elephant is an animal you never trust”.

“You can never trust any animal 100 per cent,” she says.

But she doesn’t have any concerns that one of the circus lions could also “turn” on a trainer.

“We’re not stupid with them,” she says.

“I suppose it’s just like any animal. You be careful. If you saw any warning signs like if it was having a bad day, you’d be prepared for it.”

While the close-knit family business survived it was the last time Stardust would use elephants in its act.
But it also marked a sharp shift in public attitudes towards the use of animals as entertainment.




The opposition to animals in circuses across Australia has been gaining momentum with several local councils banning them from performing in their areas of jurisdiction.

Ms Lennon blames animal liberation groups for fuelling negative public opinion of the circus.

“Attitudes have changed because animal liberationists like to push their points across in their own way, making out circuses are horrible to their animals,” she says.

“We’re always kind to our animals, we give them the best of everything.”

The Animal Justice Party will push its bill in the NSW Parliament to ban animal circuses statewide.
The bill will amend the Exhibited Animals Protection Act 1986, to prohibit exhibition of specified animals within a circus, amusement park, fair or similar place of entertainment.
Animal Justice Party NSW Circus Campaign Co-ordinator Rebecca See says training regimes and performances force circus animals to engage in unnatural behaviour for human entertainment.

“When not ‘performing’, these animals are denied the opportunity to roam freely, form complex social groups, and manage their surroundings,” Ms See says.



PETA has campaigned against animal circuses in Australia and petitioned to ban them.

“Animals used in circuses are often beaten by trainers and spend most of their lives confined to cramped barren cages as they are carted from one performance to another,” the petition reads.

“Australia-based Lennon Bros and Stardust circuses continue to exploit animals, conducting barbaric training sessions behind closed doors.”

But according to Mr St. James, those opposed to animal circuses in Australia are simply “uneducated” on the matter.

“People go on about how amazing the wild is, but let’s be honest, in the wild animals are starving to death,” he says.
“A lion can go for a drink at the waterhole and can have its face chewed off by a crocodile.
“You have rich Americans paying $50k to go and shoot these beautiful animals because they think they’re a hero.

“The wild is not this fabulous place that everyone makes out that it is.”




Ms Lennon says the circus will “stop when (they’re) ready” and not because “minority groups” tell them to.

They may be fighting words but the pressure from critics has undeniably had an impact on the future of Stardust and the Lennon Bros.
Exotic animals look set to no longer have a place in Australian circuses in about 10 years time.

It’s the main reason the Lennon and West families have decided not to not breed another generation of lions. The current one will be the circus’s last.

“Once they’ve died off we wont replace them,” Ms Lennon says.

“But while they’re here they’re part of our family and family members.”

Mr St. James says the circus won’t concede defeat.

“Eventually it’ll be that you can’t have exotic animals in the circus but I don’t think you’ll ever stop domestic ones,” Mr St. James says.

“When the day comes and we can’t have our lions anymore they’ll be replaced with camels.

“It’s been the family’s tradition since 1893 and we won’t be bossed or bullied into being told we can’t have animals.”

BerichtGeplaatst: za feb 10, 2018 4:46 pm 

Lid geworden op: do jul 21, 2011 3:38 pm
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Zo, het volledige verhaal met foto's.
Een prima vorm van journalistiek, met hoor en wederhoor.
Waarbij van de circuskant ook het erg vervelende incident uit 2007 niet uit de weg wordt gegaan.
Positieve uitleg van de dompteur en de directeur, waarbij (gelukkig) het circus het laatste woord krijgt.
Dat is bij zo'n verhaal altijd tamelijk belangrijk......

En dit is de in de aanhef genoemde Bathurst 12 Hour Endurance Race, deels bij daglicht, deels in het donker:




Ja, en daartussen in de schemer.....

Inderdaad, ook een heel circus!

BerichtGeplaatst: ma feb 12, 2018 4:59 pm 

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En soms, gelukkig maar heeeel soms, krijgen die dierenactivisten ook nog waar ze om vragen: mensen die gekwetst raken (of erger: gedood) bij het verzorgen van de roofdieren.
Het gebeurde onlangs in Guatemala.
Een beetje vaag verhaal, waarin zowel het woord dierentuin als circus voor komt.
Wellicht een mix van beide, een verzameling circusdieren die ook te bezichtigen was. Zoals de 'Zoo' bij een Duits circus.
Het was een soort van winterverblijf, ze zouden binnenkort verkassen naar een nieuw onderkomen.
Niet te weinig, 13 tijgers. Die door een man verzorgd werden.
En dat deed hij allesbehalve volgens de regels.
Hij schoof voer- of waterbakken in de verblijfruimtes en werd daarbij gegrepen door één of meer tijgers.
En dat kostte hem beide onderarmen......
Nu mag je van onze overheden niet veronderstellen dat mensen in het ene land of van het andere ras slimmer zijn dan anderen.
Persoonlijk heb ik daar wel een mening over, al moet ik onmiddellijk toegeven dat ik ook bij ons in Nederland op dit gebeid mijn hart wel eens heb vastgehouden...
Hoe meer ervaring, hoe makkelijker verzorgers plegen te worden. En dat is en blijft nu eenmaal levensgevaarlijk.
Zoals dit verhaal helaas benadrukt..... ... IGERS.html

Circus worker has both his arms RIPPED OFF after leaning into TIGERS' cage while feeding them at a zoo in Guatemala

* Cipriano Alvarez reached through bars of cage to give the animals some water
* But tigers grabbed the 55-year-old and ripped off his arms before eating them
* Locals dragged him free after throwing stones and beating the tigers with sticks

A circus worker has lost his arms after being attacked by the tigers he was feeding in a makeshift cage in Guatemala.

Cipriano Alvarez had his limbs ripped off after putting his hands too far through the metal bars to give the animals a bucket of water to drink from at a circus in the village of El Jocotillo.

Locals saved the 55-year-old's life by throwing stones at the tigers and beating them with sticks so they could free him from the animals’ clutches.



An ambulance rushed Cipriano to hospital and medics managed to keep him alive with an emergency operation. His arms were eaten by the tigers and couldn’t be saved.

Traumatic pictures of him sitting in a municipal ambulance while he was stabilised at the scene were published in local media.

Today it emerged Cipriano had agreed to look after the 13 tigers just two months ago so he could feed his family.

Son Victor Hugo said he normally used metal rods to remove the plates he gave the animals their food on.

He told local media his dad had been instructed to feed the tigers two days and leave them without food on the third.


Cipriano is now in intensive care at Cuilapa Hospital in Santa Rosa, near the scene of the near-tragedy in the village of El Jocotillo.

Jimmy Navarro, regional director of a government agency called CONAP which is responsible for the conservation and sustainable use of Guatemala’s biological diversity, said officials had confirmed 13 big cats, a llama and a camel were being kept in cages on waste ground in the village.

Local reports said the site was being used temporarily by the circus owners before a permanent move to more suitable accommodation in Belize.

The animals’ owners are said to have agreed to pay Cipriano’s medical bills.

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