Circus Row in Orsett

FOR many reasons circuses have gone from a centre-point in our television schedules to a place on the periphery of our culture.

Persecuted by the politically correct or genuine animal rights abuses?

Local MP has spoken out against the use of wild animals in circuses.

She said: β€œIt is important that we keep animal welfare high on the agenda. Animal Defenders reporters have produced video evidence of just how elephants trained – the pain caused to them to make them perform – that shows just why we have to implement the ban on wild animals in circuses that was expected after the passing of the Animal Welfare Act three years ago.

The crowds have certainly been pouring into Orsett Showground all week. YourThurrock spoke to press spokesperson Chris Baltrop about the nature of circuses and whether they are relevant today.

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