Sirkus kom eers volgende jaar

Diegene wat uitgesien het na die McLaren-sirkus se besoek, sal nou bietjie langer moet wag, met die organiseerders wat genoop is om die vertonings na 2020 te skuif.

12 May 2019 | Art and Entertainment

Windhoek • Yolanda Nel



Weens die uitbreking van bek-en-klouseer en ’n logistieke kwessie om te verseker dat die diere ten alle tye veilig is, het die organiseerders van die McLaren-sirkus se Namibiese besoek dit vir ’n jaar uitgestel.

“Ons is ook diereliefhebbers en ons wil verseker dat die diere gesond bly en daar vir hulle geen onnodige risiko is nie. Daarom het ons besluit om die besoek eerder uit te stel,” vertel organiseerder Jan Marais van Yin Yang Investment, wat die sirkustoer reël.

Op die vraag of hulle bekommerd is dat aktiviste wat teen die besoek gekant is, saam met die regering gaan werk om die sirkus se besoek te verhoed, sê Jan hulle is nie. “Die regering staan ons al sedert dag een af by en het ons ongelooflik gehelp.”

Nog voor die sirkus uitgestel is, het Jan gesê die nodige reëlings vorder na wense en almal was vol hoop dat hulle betyds die nodige permitte sou bekom vir die Namibiese toer wat vir Junie geskeduleer was.

Volgens hom het die Namibiese regering uit hul pad gegaan om bystand te lewer. “Ons is veral dankbaar vir die ondersteuning wat hulle bied rakende regulasies oor die diere en die nakoming van die korrekte riglyne rakende die diere en kunstenaars, wat ’n inkomste uit die vertonings maak,” sê hy.

Simbiose

Voorts het Jan gesê dat positiewe en negatiewe sienswyse deel van die bedryf is en dat hulle van die begin af bewus was van die mense wat dit nie ondersteun nie.

Tog is hy van mening dat ’n groot deel van die ekonomiese lewensaar aan diere gekoppel is, hetsy in die toerisme, landbou en ook die simbiotiese balans tussen die natuur en die mens.

“Die klein groepie mense wat tot op hede hul opinie teen die program gelig het, is werklik uit voeling met die proses en beheermeganismes wat in die bedryf bestaan,” sê hy.

’n Regstreekse uitsending is onlangs op YouTube deur Petro Diamant, ’n bewusmakingskunstenaar vir bedreigde spesies, uitgesaai. Tydens die uitsending gesels sy met verskeie diereinstansies oor hoekom die regering die sirkus moet verban. Volgens haar vind sy geen fout met sirkusse nie, net sirkusse wat van diere gebruik maak.

“Indien jy ’n dieresirkus in een land verban, help jy ander diere in ander lande, want die beweging sal momentum kry en meer en meer lande sal die tendens verbied,” sê sy. Die volledige uitsending kan op haar YouTube kanaal, Petro Diamant, gekyk word.

Talle dierebeskermingsverenigings in die land het aangedui dat hulle die sirkus nie goedkeur nie.

Op die Namibiese McLaren-toer se Facebook-blad is daar aangedui dat kaartjieverkope nog nie begin het nie.

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