Animals Join Olympics Opening Ceremony – stars of show

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Animals join Olympics opening ceremony.

There were many volunteers starring in the Olympic Opening Ceremony.  And to add to the magnificent British presentation they were joined by horses, cows, goats and chickens.

Olympics Opening Ceremony

A coalition of six leading animal rights groups has written to London 2012 organisers. This in a bid to persuade Danny Boyle, the director of the opening ceremony, to reverse his decision to use live animals in the £27m show.

Danny Boyle said the opening scenes would be set in a “green and pleasant land”.  There would be cricketers playing on a village green and ploughs tilling the fields. They are expected to give way to a more urban setting as the three-hour show proceeds.

The show, entitled Isles of Wonder in reference to a speech given by Caliban in Shakespeare’s The Tempest, will feature 12 horses, three cows, two goats, 10 chickens, 10 ducks, nine geese, 70 sheep and three sheep dogs. What a sight it will make!

Film director, Danny Boyle spoke of how they would help transform the Olympic Stadium into the nation’s countryside.

Video courtesy and all rights LOCOG

Is this the kind of thing you want to see at the opening ceremony?  Fun to see live animals in action.  Imagine they will be well fed.  Don’t want them wandering off stage.  Need to stay where they are