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 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”, with cricketers playing on a village green and ploughs tilling the fields, which 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 live animals including 12 horses, three cows, two goats, 10 chickens, 10 ducks, nine geese, 70 sheep and three sheep dogs.
The animal rights groups claim that subjecting the animals to “more than 62,000 cheering people, bright lights, high sound levels and the frenetic atmosphere, while preventing them from exercising their natural instinct to remove themselves or hide”, would be a distressing experience for them.
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
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