Thursday 10 October 2019 | 23

Mina and Kamala, still struggling within the circus

Criticized for its actions with wildlife, the Medrano circus has released their big game this summer. With a great deal of communication, he opened the doors of his business to the public to prove how happy "his" animals were. Many visitors were seduced by his polished speech. And the austere place of detention of the elephants Mina and Kamala has emerged as an idyllic vacation spot for some. Some clarification required here.

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It is well known: "The bigger it is, the more it makes". Propagandists of all kinds have understood this for a long time. Circassians exploiting wild animals in the worst conditions are no exception to the rule. Some do not hesitate to proclaim their love for their four-legged "teammates", their will to act for the protection of species and respect for other living beings! ... Cirque Medrano is one of them. Behind this false façade are the charming smiles and beautiful speeches, he prides himself on being very caring for his "residents" and contributing to a better world.

In the paradise of the Camargue "jungle"

Thus, last summer, during its traditional annual break, the troop decided to open the doors of its business - located in Aimargues (30) - to the public and the media. "We had the idea of organizing some guided tours so that people would enjoy approaching the animals, but also that they would find that they were healthy and happy," said the director of the establishment at one of the visits. And hey, it works! From May to September, young and old were able to access this "Jungle Park" and its "Ark" to admire llamas, dromedaries, yaks, cows or ponies "in near freedom" according to the referent of the site, quoted by Midi Libre. For an hour this was skilfully orchestrated, tourists also had the opportunity to be moved by the hugs of a tamer towards her “big babies” the tigers and to attend one of the “five daily showers” of elephants Mina and Kamala, the former co-detainees of Lechmee… The latter, also captured as a child within her free family in Asia, is finally retired after 40 years of slavery, thanks to the pressure that we exerted on this circus. But the establishment affirms today, without blushing, to have decided by itself to give respite to the old lady ... Because at Medrano, "we love animals! "

Mina and Kamala are in danger

Unfortunately, Mina and Kamala are still subjected to forced labour and ridiculous acrobatics obtained by the use of pikes. Both in their 50s, they have sacrificed their lives enough to the whims of their captors. When will they taste a life of peace and tranquillity? For the moment, it is enough to observe them, to measure their immense distress. When they are at rest, not summoned to parade through the streets or hoist their bruised bodies upon stools, they sink into lethargy. Their muddy baths only show a slight change to an uninformed public. Their daily reality is quite different. In a paddock devoid of enrichment, without the slightest place to take refuge and privacy, watered with a garden hose that they suck like a rescue straw, they are exposed to the eyes, their own eyes empty of hope. Like metronomes they swing their trunks backwards and forwards to every second, they have nothing to do but follow the tempo of their continual boredom.

Outlaw Circus

By opening its menagerie to onlookers, the Medrano circus says it wants to be transparent, but in fact only sprinkles glitter on its business. Worse, it acts illegally and puts both humans and animals in danger. As we immediately informed the Prefecture of Gard, the operator has neither the necessary authorization nor the criteria required to meet the regulatory obligations of the facilities of zoological establishments presenting wild individuals to the public. Regarding Mina and Kamala, they are kept away from children by a simple low intensity electrical tape! What will happen if one or the other decides to escape one day?

Following our alerts, the Prefecture of Gard ended up revoking its circus permit to open before the start of the summer season. Alas, at the start of this fall, the itinerant spectacle resumed the road towards Brittany with, this time, the approval of the Prefect of the Côtes-d'Armor. We have just ordered him to report the operator’s offenses again. Will our call be followed up by an answer? If not, we will take them to court! Whatever happens, we will continue to fight so that Mina and Kamala get out of this hell hole as quickly as possible!

Marie-Sophie Bazin
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doris schwiers | Tuesday 15 October 2019

Quand les personnes qui disent aimer les animaux cesseront de donner de l'argent à ceux qui les emprisonnent et les exploitent? Il est grand temps que chacun prenne ses responsabilités et se rende compte que malheureusement c'est l'argent qui dirige le monde. Cessons de donner notre argent-pouvoir sans se soucier des conséquences de nos actes ! Les cirques avec animaux et autres prisons pour animaux (zoos, élevages , etc...) perdurent parce que tant de gens qui disent aimer les animaux, qui signent même des pétitions pour les défendre, par ses actes de consommations notamment contribuent à la souffrance de ces êtres sensibles... Au lieu de critiquer, d'attendre des autres que les choses changent, changeons nous-même nos habitudes immédiatement!!! Se donner le temps de changer, c'est donner le droit à certains de continuer à exploiter, emprisonner des animaux...

Karine et Philippe | Sunday 13 October 2019

Les animaux sont considérés au regard du Code Civil comme des êtres vivants dotés de sensibilité, en l'occurrence, nul n'a le droit de les asservir ou de les exploiter, sous peine de ne pas respecter la loi et le bien-être animal. Faire croire, au public par des propos fallacieux que les animaux sont heureux, c'est se rendre complices de la maltraitance et de la cautionner. Les contraindre à exécuter des numéros indignes de la bienséance, contre leur gré et contre nature, en leur infligeant des méthodes de dressage particulièrement cruelles au préalable, ne relèvent pas du plein épanouissement de Mila, Kamala et tous les autres. Il est temps que nos élus politiques cessent de faire preuve d'inertie et assument enfin leurs responsabilités, car plus de 80 % de la population française ne souhaitent plus voir d'animaux captifs dans des cirques, des élevages intensifs pour la reproduction, pour la fourrure, pour la recherche médicale ou ventes illégales et interdites d'êtres vivants dotés de sensibilité sur le BON COIN, quant aux animaux de consommation, rien ne sert de surconsommer, il convient de respecter les règles d'hygiène et de bien-être et de ne pas maltraiter et s'assurer que l'animal n'est plus conscient, équiper les abattoirs de vidéo de surveillance à visionner par des personnes extérieurs, interdire les mammifères dans les parcs d'attraction ASTERIX et autres, ainsi que dans les delphinariums, interdire la pêche de dauphines, orques et autres. On juge une grande Nation de la manière dont elle traite ses animaux. La France, pays des droits de l'homme est très en retard voire archaïque en ce qui concerne le bien-être animal ou humain.

Sabine | Sunday 13 October 2019

Ni a-t'il aucune vrai loi? Les Animalistes ne peuvent-ils pas agir avec vous ?

coherence | Sunday 13 October 2019

Quand les personnes qui disent aimer les animaux cesseront de donner de l'argent à ceux qui les emprisonnent et les exploitent? Il est grand temps que chacun prenne ses responsabilités et se rendent compte que malheureusement c'est l'argent qui dirige le monde. Cessons de donner notre argent-pouvoir sans se soucier des conséquences de nos actes! Les cirques avec animaux et autres prisons pour animaux (zoos, élevages , etc...) perdurent parce que tant de gens qui disent aimer les animaux, qui signent même des pétitions pour les défendre, par ses actes de consommations notamment contribuent à la souffrance de ces êtres sensibles... Au lieu de critiquer, d'attendre des autres que les choses changent, changeons nous-même nos habitudes immédiatement!!! Se donner le temps de changer, c'est donner le droit à certains de continuer à exploiter, emprisonner des animaux...