it was yesterday world circus day† The day the whole circus world celebrates. Sometimes abundant. Sometimes faint. It’s also the day many circuses announce their plans for the next season. In Holland, the first circus was already traveling. Circuses and festivals begin again over the Easter weekend, expanding the show a bit each week. And there was Big event in Jilin with circus model building exhibition and circus performances (which also takes place on Sundays and Mondays).
I ruined my day with the clock radio. Not so much because of the time. After all, I had prepared this myself the day before. But because of a radio advertisement for Stichting Aap it was the first to make noise from the radio. Really not the kind of thing you want to wake up to. As a result, International Circus Day in the Netherlands has been overshadowed by advertisements (misleading again!) about the monkey rescuers of Almere, who celebrate their fiftieth anniversary this year. We now hear and see misleading advertisements in the media for Stichting Aap where spears are once again targeting the circus. While previous commercials (about the elephant Boba and about “wild animals” about the Christmas period) were successfully challenged by the classic circus commission.
How did you start
It started with a hobby that got so out of control of two monkey collectors, who kept so many monkeys in an Alsmere slum, that law enforcement officers were about to step in. Amateurs took a different path: taking rescued monkeys. As expected, they “rescue” their monkeys first. 50 years ago, you could still get away with that excuse to pursue your hobby in a sneaky way and not have to take out the trash.
Monkeys were a popular souvenir of the holidays. People took the monkeys home en masse only to discover a few months later that they were not a suitable pet at all. So it was a huge success, Shelter for Monkeys. There were more monkeys in people’s homes than in zoos and circuses combined. CITES did not exist yet and the monkey trade was legal at the time. This trade resulted in a large number of monkeys being disposed of by individuals and thus a reasonable flow also to the Monkey Foundation. Years later, collecting discarded laboratory animals from the National Animal Examination Center “BPRC” in Rijswijk has become an important task of the Aap Foundation. The Foundation has rightly received a subsidy from the Government for this purpose.
source dries up
We all know what happened next. The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora has banned trade in monkeys (and other exotic species). The monkey is no longer a holiday souvenir. BPRC also had fewer and fewer monkeys as laboratory animals. In search of new sources of monkeys and money, “Monkey” turned her spears in the circus world. The circus was at the beginning of the era when monkeys no longer played a role. Meanwhile, the circus discovered that most types of monkeys weren’t fit at all. The Aap took advantage of this and was able to enjoy the cake. After all, enough monkeys were released from the circus world of Western Europe. He. She Animal welfare has become a multi-million dollar industry† Although many circuses have also set up their own zoos to give the animals a good old age, so that the primary activities of the “monkey” remain in the areas of former experiments with animals and animals of ordinary individuals. But with animals from zoos and circuses in ruins, it is easy to score goals in the media†
round The elephants We’ve seen a similar development. Since elephants are not bred in circuses, and wild hunting is no longer possible thanks to CITES, the average lifespan is increasing. Circuses such as Knee in Switzerland and Ringling (RBBB) in the United States have their own zoos and take care of animals there to good old age. The elephant automatically disappears from the circus arena.
However, the “monkey” also wanted to get another piece of the pie, as well as publicity. The Aap Foundation wanted to receive the elephant Bubba, who was traveling in the Netherlands, after being captured in France via a park to be set up in France. As the first animal in a completely empty and even non-existent park! How to reconcile that with the campaign againstsolitary elephantsHowever, no one can explain. Not even with a monkey! This “elephant sanctuary” still does not exist in 2022. Despite the numerous protests from Almere, Bubba remained with the Freiwald family.
Due to the Corona crisis, and as a result there was no income from shows, the Freiwald family made the difficult decision to house Buba in a place where Buba could be well taken care of. I have moved to Family Richter Zoo in Hungary.
The fact that Bubba did not go to “Elephant Haven” in France is a major setback for Aap and “Elephant Haven”, where Leone Vestring had a financial and organizational stake. At least, according to the advertisements published on the site “Wild Animals Exit the Tent”. Their manager, Leonie Festring, was a board member of “Elephant Haven” and also had a financial interest: Stichting aap, under the guise of “Wild Animals Out of the Tent”, puts money in the park. Elephant Haven still isn’t in 2022. What about Wild Animals Leaving the Tent? That organization, which had its office in Stichting Aap, was also dissolved overnight shortly after the ban on a number of circus animals in the Netherlands. The site has been closed. Even the traces obtained through Google and other tech companies have been erased. who – which Something is forever online It seems not quite right. Aap has very good connections with an animal rights expert who is an IT expert. He previously hacked Hermann Reigns Circus sponsor websites, Circus Web sites, and the Classic Circus Commission. (The reason why CKC does not use CMS). There is practically nothing online for the “Wild Animals Out of the Tent” campaign. They have expertly covered their tracks!
lions, tigers and the last chimpanzee
Lions and tigers are another class of animals. These have been specifically mentioned in the advertisements we are now receiving unsolicited. While scientific research in the Netherlands and abroad shows that they can live well in the circus. Well-being is not affected (with a few exceptions).
Finally, back to the monkeys. To be precise: the ruby chimpanzee of the German circus underbelly of the Kohler family. She fought a legal battle for years to bring the last chimpanzees to Almer. The science of animal behavior triumphed in the German court!
Chimpanzee Ruby won’t live long in the Aap shelter. Ruby has been so humanized, by the “footprint” recognized by animal behaviorists, that it no longer recognizes or recognizes the particular species as such. After moving to Almira, there will also be a struggle for hierarchy within the current group of animals. A fight you don’t want to let an old animal take part in because that means the death of chimpanzee Ruby. Then we didn’t even mention the fact that tuberculosis (a serious lung disease) is prevalent in some places of residence in Almere, so the animals in part of the shelter are in Strict quarantine and lifelong isolation to live.
After two years of corona measurements, we don’t have to explain to you what that means for a social animal!
Apropos coronavirus measures: lifted in the Netherlands. Nothing can stop you from enjoying pure live entertainment in a circus near you after World Circus Day. Go do what you haven’t been able to do for two years, have fun and discover that circuses (with and without animals) in Holland are still very much alive!
Photos: Fédération Mondiale du Cirque, Ron Mikkenie, Familie Köhler / Der Große Circus Belly