Saturday’s Protest in Somerset West for Voiceless Circus Animals


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Okay, now don’t panic… I’m not ranting and raving about circus animals in this post. At least not here, anyway. If you want to know how I really feel about it, or find out why so many countries are banning animals in circuses, go here.

We’re keeping it light and cheery here today, as usual. Good health, good stuff…

But I wanted to quickly tell you about how great this protest was. Why on this health blog? Well, for me – part of trying to live a healthy lifestyle is about learning to give back. A little thing otherwise known as good karma.

Every day I try and remember to ask myself one thing: What small difference can I make before my time is up? It’s a powerful thing I tell you – it just puts everything into perspective.

I could sit here all day and type away until my fingers went numb about something I feel passionately about, but to actually be doing something instead of just feeling sorry about it – I can’t tell you how awesome that feels.

Anyway,enough chatter, let me tell you how amazing this thing was!

Sat, 15 February 2014 – Gordon High School, Somerset West

I roped Geoff into joining me and I was so proud he decided to come with and stand there being a voice for animals. That’s my man!

It was by NO means an easy protest though. We were told to wear black, it was the hottest day of the year (temperatures were almost in the 40s), and the protest was smack bang in the middle of the day.

Holy crap it was hot.

Nevertheless, I didn’t moan because hell, if we only had to stand there for an hour and a bit, what must those poor animals have felt like in those tins, the tent, and outside in the blazing sun?! Nah-uh, I was way too caught up in the energetic chants to be thinking about the heat anyway, although I’m so grateful we brought a litre of water with.

Here are a few pics of us with the other protesters on the day…

Yup, those are cops in the background. It’s okay – they knew we’d be there and we had a permit. Our goal wasn’t to intimidate or cause drama, but to simply spread a message and speak on behalf of those voiceless circus animals.

Circus animals_2We held up our signs while wiping the sweat from our brows and vigorously chanted along to the likes of, “Ban, ban, ban!” and “Freedom not slavery!”

I have to say, I can’t remember when last I had this much fun. Doing something that wasn’t for myself, and being surrounded by people who felt the same way – that was magical.

Maybe circus animals won’t be banned immediately in circuses, but goodness, if countries like Greece and the UK can do it, why can’t South Africa?

I figure, if we really want to look at animals up close, all we need to do is turn on Animal Planet or hop in the car and visit a nearby sanctuary or game reserve. It’s that easy.

Global protest against canned lion hunting – 15 March 2014

There’s a global protest taking place next month against canned lion hunting. Protests will he held all over the world, and there’ll be one in Cape Town too.

I have a lot to say on this topic as well, but I’ll leave that for another day, and probably for the other blog…

If anyone’s interested in joining me, here are more of the details. 



8 Replies to “Saturday’s Protest in Somerset West for Voiceless Circus Animals”

  1. I’m so glad you got to get out there and support a cause you believe in! That’s awesome! One time I went down and helped sand bag a tiny town that was about to get washed away – the town was saved by everyone’s efforts and I still remember how great that was!!

    You’re awesome Melanie and yeah, I’d say Goeff has to be a really great guy too!
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    1. Melanie Chisnall says: Reply

      Oh thanks Kelly, but it’s not much really. Wish there was more we can do, but I must admit that it feels good to know that some of what I’m doing and writing wrt animals is getting noticed. That’s all we can really hope for at the end of the day I guess. I remember you writing about helping a small town with their floods – that was awesome! 🙂

  2. Wooooohooo! That’s my sis!

    1. Melanie Chisnall says: Reply

      Woohoo, my bro commenting on my blog! Lol 😉

  3. good to see these protests…humanity is alive!
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    1. Melanie Chisnall says: Reply

      It is Ruchira, just wish it was in bigger masses. Oh well, gotta start somewhere, hey? Have a fab Friday! 🙂

  4. I admire and respect you, Mel. I hope you know that. This is the sort of social action I have been calling others to take in my articles….walk the talk or shut up…it does not good to complain unless someone is willing to be part of the solution…so I respect you.


    1. Melanie Chisnall says: Reply

      Bill, yes I couldn’t have said it better. People who moan or complain but never do anything about it irritate me. We’re very much alike when it comes to things like this I think, and you know how I feel about you. I think you’re awesome – writing, animals, humanity – all of it! Hope you’re having a fantastic Friday and have a great weekend 🙂

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