May 19 2013 Latest news:
Friday, June 22, 2012
Britain’s Got Talent winners Ashleigh and Pudsey have launched a campaign to stop wild animals being used in circuses.
The performing duo - 17-year-old Ashleigh Butler and her canine sidekick – appear in a new anti-circus ad.
The bleak ad from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) shows a different side to the usually bubbly duo, as Ashleigh portrays a sombre clown while Pudsey sits next to her dressed as a battered lion.
The caption reads: “The Saddest Show on Earth – Get Wild Animals Out of the Circus!”
Ashleigh and Pudsey unveiled the ad in person in Westminster.
Ashleigh said: “I was shocked to learn the full extent of how some animals are treated in the circus and the beatings they endure to perform tricks.
“Pudsey loves performing, but I find it disgusting that people resort to violence and some of the wild animals suffer for the sake of so-called ‘entertainment.”
Ashleigh and Pudsey have joined major animal welfare groups and veterinary bodies in calling for a ban on wild animals in circuses.