White tiger controversy at visiting circus in Ghajnsielem
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Readers Letter – “I am a resident of Ghajnsielem and would like to put forward a couple of joint questions to Ghajnsielem FC and Ghajnsielem Council.
1. The Football Club and Council are complicit with a travelling Circus which has set up on the football pitch in Ghajnsielem. The circus has, as one of it’s main attractions, a large adult White Tiger.
In order to maximise potential profit, the tiger has been put on public display in a cage just a few metres square. Were the Football Club aware of the inclusion of a White Tiger before this ‘deal’ was aranged? Were the council aware of it too?
2. Despite what Circus owner’s would like you to believe, there is no way a White Tiger can be “trained” other than by fear, cruelty, food baiting and intimidation.
Nails, sticks (referred to as ‘guiders’ by the circus bosses) electric probes and other pain stimulating torture devices are all used to ‘encourage’ the animal to due stupid stunts that it was never intended to do in it’s natural environment. A massive fine has just been imposed on a USA International Circus after one of it’s retired lion trainers ‘spilled the beans’ and told the truth about training techniques.
Were/are Ghajnsielem FC and the Council aware of this cruelty?
Are they prepared to just turn a blind eye and thus be publicly complicit in this cruelty by allowing the Tiger to ‘perform’ such un-natural and demeaning stunts in the name of ‘entertainment’?
3. Will either Ghajnsielem FC or the Council make any money out of this obscenity?
4. What is the policy of the Football Club and Council regarding compassion to animals?
I realise that animal cruelty does take place in this world. Circuses have an extremely bad record within this sphere….but why, oh why have the Football Club and Council so eagerly seen fit to condone it?”