was a centaur - half man, half horse - symbolising the joining
together of humans and animals. Is this close relationship what is
happening, or what could happen, between people and animals in
circuses and zoos?
Kiley-Worthington, one of the world's foremost animal behaviour
experts, was commissioned by the RSPCA to carry out an independent,
scientific study of circus animals, in comparison with animals in
zoos and other husbandry systems and in the wild. The results of her
18 month investigation are in this book.
Dr Kiley-Worthington makes
constructive recommendations for all sides of the debate to
consider, aiming to bring circuses, zoos and the animal welfare
lobby together in the interests of the animals. This book cuts
through the ignorance, woolly thinking and clouds of emotion that
often muddy animal issues. The result is essential reading for
everyone interested in animals, the environment and people's future
on this planet.