The leaders of Confagricoltura Piacenza visiting the Circus Rolando Orfei, an event with animals in recent days strongly opposed by political parties and local associations. Below is the press release from the farmers’ association.
Work with animals has accompanied the history of Humanity… since Abel. An alliance based on mutual benefit in contrast to the inclemency of nature, a responsibility that our species has assumed towards others and which has manifested itself in different forms and purposes. It was this awareness that prompted the president of the Confagricoltura Piacenza, Filippo Gasparini, as well as the former president Michele Lodigiani, to visit the Rolando Orfei circus, these days in Piacenza, to learn more about the ” behind the scenes” of this reality. The meeting with Jones and Francesca Coda Prin, circus directors and heirs of a circus family with a centuries-old tradition, was very interesting and very warm and highlighted the many points of contact – in terms of passion, values and problems – which this type of business shares with zootechnics. Circus companies are mostly family-run – also because, much more than in other sectors, “know-how” is transmitted from one generation to another – which has not prevented them from asserting themselves even beyond national borders and to generate an important induced in the techniques of setting up infrastructures that have made reference in the world.
“Like animal husbandry – says Gasparini after visiting the small circus zoo – the art of the circus is also increasingly being accused on the basis of ideological prejudices that have little to do with reality. As in our stables we have seen here animals in good health, confined in adequate spaces and respectful of their well-being; like us, circus entrepreneurs are persecuted by a stifling bureaucracy, often aimed at preventing activity rather than to regulate it”.
Jonas Coda Prin tells us about some episodes, sometimes even violent, of which his circus has been the object: “These are minorities – he specifies – but who obviously find a certain listening if at each place we receive repeated visits from bodies based on complaints from ordinary citizens”. In fact, there are urban legends that die hard! It is certainly not by mistreating animals that one could teach them the skills exhibited on On the contrary: you need a strong emotional connection to get what you ask of him (as anyone who owns even a dog knows or should know). counterproductive not to worry about who constitutes his livelihood. Jonas clarifies: “No circus animal can be defined as wild: they are all born and have lived in captivity for many generations and are on average many longer than the you are real savages”. In short, a reality very different from the current “story”, with all due respect to the municipal administrators who, of bipartisan inspiration, felt that they should regret the arrival of the circus in Plaisance. A very respectable opinion, if expressed as citizens; in their role as administrators, however, it would have been preferable for them to respect the law, ignored for many decades, which requires the availability in each municipality of a public space equipped for traveling shows: perhaps their contribution to the welfare of circus animals and those who work there would be more incisive.