Zippos Circus, who still use animals in their acts, were in Cambridge between October 22-27, and Animal Rights Cambridge were there to opposed their cruel show. Letters were delivered to shops around Cambridge that were displaying Zippos posters leading to many posters being removed by kind shopkeepers.
The letter highlighted the following facts about Zippos:
- Zippos employed a man who defended infamous abuse at Chipperfield’s circus in court. After watching footage of the thrashing and kicking of a baby chimpanzee he was asked
See anything which would constitute cruelty?; he replied unequivocally
No. Asked if he would do the same he said
- Zippos Circus have been exposed by Animal Defenders International, for keeping their horses in trailers without exercise for hours on end
The way that young girl brandished the whip was obviously scary to the horses;
When the man raised his hand the budgies flinched. Every time!. – Audience Member, 2009 Performance.
The first protest of the week was met with repression: 3 campaigners being arrested despite the protest being totally peaceful. The protesters were taken to March Police Station as Cambridge was full and held overnight. One accepted a reprimand and two were charged: one with breach of a Section 14 direction and the other with Obstruction. Bail conditions were used to prevent the two from returning to protest or speaking to each other.
Despite the arrests, protests against the circus continued in force. Leaflets were given out and protesters continued their peaceful opposition to the antiquated exploitative show.