© Photo Credits: Animal Defenders International
Animal Defenders International (ADI) has welcomed the decision by Defra (UK Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) to refuse big cat circus trainer Thomas Chipperfield a licence to perform in England.
ADI said Mr Chipperfield has been off the road for more than two years after withdrawing his first licence application when a Defra inspection found his animals’ accommodation was not big enough. Two lions and one tiger were confined to cages on the back of a truck with restricted access to an exercise area. ADI footage has shown the animals displaying abnormal behaviour, indicating that they were not coping with their environment.