Captive Animals Protection Society

The Captive Animals’ Protection Society ( CAPS ) is a British charity campaign to end the use of animals in entertainment such as circuses, the exotic pet trade and the audiovisual industry.


The Captivity of Protection Society was founded in 1957 by retired teacher Irene Heaton at a time when the circus was at its peak and everyone had animals. [1]

In 1965, CAPS has promoted a bill to the House of Lords, which is sponsored by Lord Somers (then President of CAPS) to prohibit the use of performing animals. Despite the great support that was defeated by just 14 votes. [2]

During the 1970s CAPS organize demonstrations outside circuses. The pressure increased on animal circuses in the 1980s, supported by the National Council of Women and local governments began banning circuses to use council land.

From 1975 to 1997, Sir Andrew Bowden was its national president. [3]

In the mid-1980s CAPS began one of their most important campaigns to stop animal acting at the prestigious Blackpool Tower Circus, where six months each year the animals are confined in the basement of the tower. Three years later, it was announced that the animal acts would stop the circus when the contract expired in 1990. [4] When the circus owners moved to neighboring Pleasure Beach was the weekly demonstrations. Backed by veterinarians and other experts worked campaign and 1997 Blackpool Pleasure Beach announced that there would be no more animal circuses on their land.

Three former directors of the charity has received awards for his work by the RSPCA.

CAPS became a registered charity in 2008.


CAPS has conducted surveys in both the zoo and the circus industry in the UK and Ireland [5] [6] [7] [8] [9] [10] and has conducted and published various research projects related to the use of animals in entertainment. The organization was founded and manages the annual zoo awareness weekend event, which aims to encourage public debate on the zoo industry from ethical, welfare, education and conservation perspective. [11]

In 2004, ordered the largest and most in-depth study ever conducted in the public aquarium industry, revealing most of the animals have been taken from the wild and dispute-keeping requirements of the industry. [12]

In 2011, a report was released which highlighted charitable concern over the impact of the legal protection of animals in zoos in England. The report raised questions over the application of the Act [13] and suggested that the system of inspection of zoos that are currently in place is unworkable.

In 2012 established the CAPS system that aims to promote the media industry to refrain from the use of performing wild animals in productions. The project was established in cooperation with the Ape Alliance. [14]

In 2013 CAPS launched a new campaign entitled “struggle for air.” The campaign aims to prohibit the use of pinioning of birds in zoos. Charity research found that the practice is carried out illegally by members of the zoo industry. [15]

Campaign against the use of animals in circuses has been a core business, supporting the protests against traveling circuses around the UK. [16] [17] [18] [19] [20] [21]

CAPS -Zoos

Lots of families and even groups of friends gathered at the zoo every day to see the animals up close. Just as exciting as it sounds to see lions and tigers and bears .. no one ever thinks about the interests of animals. Has anyone ever questioned whether the animals are still happy? The answer is probably no. Unfortunately, zoos have a negative impact on each animal brought into captivity. Their use of animals as entertainment rather than letting them run wild is inhuman. Moreover, because these animals are used for entertainment, they learn that they must act in a certain way, usually in an unnatural way, which can lead to psychological disorders. Imprisoned animals develop mental illnesses can become a danger not only for themselves, but for their carers, and even the people who pay to see them. Furthermore, animals adopted in captivity or even born in it become so spoiled by the people to clean up after them, care for them and feed them if they are released into the wild, they would not be. In essence, when catching natural born wild animals, ties the animals of their natural behaviors, habitats, and freedom. Therefore, zoos always have a negative impact on every animal they choose to captivate.


Charity patrons include politicians, academics and people from the world of art: [22]

  • Professor Marc Bekoff , professor emeritus i ekologi och evolutionsbiologi vid University of Colorado
  • Britta Jaschinski, world famous photographer
  • Jay Kay, Grammy Award-winning singer of Jamiroquai
  • Professor Randy Malamud, professor of English at Georgia State University
  • Dr Edgar Mann, ex-GP and member of the old Isle of Man parliament
  • Fiona Oakes , elit maratonlöpare
  • Brian Sewell, art critic and columnist
  • Angela Smith, Baroness Smith Basildon, Labour peer and former Labour government MP and Minister
  • Lady Stratford, fru sen Tony Banks, Baron Stratford
  • Peter Tatchell, human rights advocate


  1. Jump up ^ “Our History”. Captive Animals Protection Society. Retrieved 1 January 2013.
  2. Jump up ^ “Performing Animals Bill (HL)”. Commons and Lords Hansard. British Parliament. February 16, 1965.
  3. Jump up ^ “Sir Andrew Bowden, MBE Authorized Biography”. Auckland People of Today. Pulled 12/30/2012.
  4. Jump up ^ Acford, Louise (2 April 2007). “Teacher Welfare dies at 87”. Argus.
  5. Jump up ^ “Restrictions on petting the criticized animal farm”. BBC News. 1 April 2010.
  6. Jump up ^ “Zoo allows connection with the circus.” BBC News. October 19, 2009. Pulled 12/30/2012.
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  10. Jump up ^ Edwards, Anna (27 November 2012). “Fury as rare white lion cubs born in the UK safari park are sent to a Japanese circus”. The Daily Mail. London.
  11. Jump up ^ “animal rights activists have teeth in the zoo.” The shoots. 28 August 2004.
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  13. Jump up ^ Zoo Licensing Act 1981
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  16. Jump up ^ “animal group urges boycott the circus.” BBC News. 18 May 2004.
  17. Jump up ^ “Animal Protection Group urge residents to boycott the controversial circus”. Thurrock Gazette. 2009-10-06. Pulled 12/30/2012.
  18. Jump up ^ “Public urged to boycott the big top”. BBC News. June 2, 2009.
  19. Jump up ^ “Protest over Big Top animal acts.” BBC News. February 11, 2006.
  20. Jump up ^ “Protesters require boycott the circus.” BBC News. 29 April 2006.
  21. Jump up ^ “” We love our animals “: Circus boss hit back at call to boycott big top”. Halifax Courier. 19 June 2008.
  22. Jump up ^ “Who are we”. Captive on the Protection Society. Retrieved 1 January 2013.