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News Residents of Borth encouraged to boycott circus

So far, 32 countries around the

world have prohibited the use of animals in circuses, with England and Wales promising to ban wild animal acts. The Federation of Veterinarians

of Europe (FVE) 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

‘A Jolly disgrace’: Protesters in Buckley boycotting Peter Jolly’s Circus ANIMAL DEFENDERS

INTERNATIONAL (ADI) have called for Borth residents to boycott Peter Jolly’s Circus whilst it is in Ceredigion this month, as the circus is one of two remaining circuses that still feature wild animal acts. This is an outdated and barbaric practice that leads to suffering and is overwhelmingly opposed by the public. Jan Creamer, President of Animal

Defenders International, said: “Animal Defenders International has repeatedly documented the suffering and abuse of wild animals in circuses. Circuses simply cannot meet the needs of wild animals in small, mobile accommodation. The government has promised a ban, but we’re asking people to vote with their feet – don’t go to a circus with animals.” Many local authorities have

already opted to ban the use of animals in circuses and the government has promised a nationwide ban. Due to the constant state of

travel and their temporary nature, circuses cannot provide animals with adequate facilities to keep them physically or psychologically

Association adds: “The welfare needs of non-domesticated, wild animals cannot be met in a travelling circus - in terms of housing or being able to express normal behaviour.” As well as vets, the continued use

healthy and evidence of the suffering endured by animals in circuses is well documented and scientifically established, proving that their well- being is always compromised. ADI’s observations of Peter

Jolly’s Circus at their winter quarters over the past year have shown that even when off the road, animals were confined inside barns in small pens. Some animals remained inside a crowded barn for more than 14 hours a day and on one occasion, for a continuous 40-hour period. During extensive observations

carried out by ADI using hidden cameras, show animals at Peter Jolly’s Circus in Shropshire all huddled in tiny spaces with no movement, and zebras, ponies, donkeys and camels are all kept together with bullying rife. The animals are tethered for at least 16 hours of the day while domesticated species such as goats are confined with a tiny concrete cell, only leaving the confines once during observation. The minimum requirement of

space for a wild animal, according to Defra, is just four metres by five metres; yet, ADI claim Jolly’s did not even provide this.

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 consultation by Defra on the issue, 94.5% of respondents 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.


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Body recovered from water near Aberystwyth Harbour



responded to an incident just off Aberystwyth Harbour on Thursday (Sept 1) after receiving reports from a fishing vessel of a body in the water. The male casualty was spotted roughly five miles offshore. The Aberystwyth RNLI Lifeboat

brought the body to the station, where the Coastguard, Ambulance Service and Dyfed-Powys Police were at hand to assist with the transfer to the shore.

AS A RESULT of a defendant

refusing to enter a plea for his threatening behaviour offence, magistrates proceeded to enter a guilty plea on his behalf. David John Goodier, 67, of St

Michael’s Place in Aberystwyth, attended Aberystwyth Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday (Aug 31) to face a threatening behaviour offence. The incident allegedly took place on June 14 in Aberystwyth, where the defendant is said to have harassed


The incident is unrelated to an

incident on Wednesday (Aug 31) where two men were pulled from the sea, with one of them sadly dying, by the Aberystwyth Lifeboat. A spokesperson for Dyfed-Powys

Police said: “Dyfed-Powys Police can confirm a body of a male has been recovered from the water between Aberystwyth and Borth this morning. “Enquiries are being made to

identify the male. This is in no way related to yesterday’s incident at Aberystwyth Harbour.”

Magistrates enter guilty plea

the complainant, causing distress through abusive words and disorderly behaviour.

Magistrates imposed an

adjournment until September 13 at Aberystwyth Magistrates’ Court in order for evidence to be served. Goodier was released on an

extended conditional bail until then, where he is to not contact the complainant in any form and is not to enter the Liberal Democrat offices in Aberystwyth.

No bail for failure to attend

defendant failed to appear at Aberystwyth Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday (Aug 31). Anthony Mallon, 20, of Newry in County Down, was to face a

charge of criminal damage which alleges he recklessly damaged a window. As a result of Mallon failing to

attend court, Magistrates issued a warrant without bail.

Morning aſter ban for Olympic fan A BORTH woman appeared

before Aberystwyth Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday (Aug 31) to face a charge of driving a vehicle whilst above the alcohol limit. Susan Angela Jones, 40, of

Penlon, pleaded guilty to the offence, which took place on August 16 in Aberystwyth. Prosecutor Kevin Challinor told

the court that 8.33am on the day in question, officers on mobile patrol stopped the defendant on Clarach Road in her Ford KA vehicle. As they spoke to her, they

smelled a strong scent of alcohol and began to conduct a roadside test, to which the defendant co- operated with. The results of the test were positive, showing that Jones had 48mg of alcohol in 100ml of her breath. Mr Challinor added that Jones

told the officers that she had drank during the previous evening, and once again cooperated fully as she

was taken to the police station. Defending, Alison Mathias

addressed the court to say that Jones was embarrassed to appear before court and apologised on her behalf. Ms Mathias went on to say that

on the previous evening, Jones had watched the Olympics, had a drink, and then went to bed. Not realising the alcohol would have stayed in her system, the incident was unfortunate and was fully compliant with the officer, with the reading being fairly low.

Ms Mathias concluded by saying

that Jones lives with her parents and voluntarily decided not to drive after the incident occurred, and comes before the court with an entirely clean character. Magistrates’ imposed a Band C

fine on Jones, being £350 reduced from £525 for an early guilty plea. Jones was also ordered to pay a total of £120 in courts costs and received a 12 month driving disqualification.

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