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The Rose-Tinted Menagerie Press Release

The Rose-Tinted Menagerie Press Release

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The unabridged, fully-illustrated version of The Rose-Tinted Menagerie — A History of Animals in Entertainment, has just been republished by Iridescent as an Amazon Kindle ebook.

The reprint contains 47 colour and b/w illustrations, and, like the original, features introductions by Dr Desmond Morris and the late Prince Sadruddin Aga Khan.

While some establishments featured in the book have since shut their doors forever — such as the infamous dolphin ‘striptease’ revue at the Moulin Rouge in Paris — as fading snapshots of the human-animal relationship in history, I think you’ll agree that they remain as haunting as ever.

Tragically, elsewhere, the contemporary parallels remain all too evident, from the sensory deprivation of the 'best' show pools, to the sordid travelling dolphin shows currently playing to packed audiences of tourists and locals in the Far East.
The unabridged, fully-illustrated version of The Rose-Tinted Menagerie — A History of Animals in Entertainment, has just been republished by Iridescent as an Amazon Kindle ebook.

The reprint contains 47 colour and b/w illustrations, and, like the original, features introductions by Dr Desmond Morris and the late Prince Sadruddin Aga Khan.

While some establishments featured in the book have since shut their doors forever — such as the infamous dolphin ‘striptease’ revue at the Moulin Rouge in Paris — as fading snapshots of the human-animal relationship in history, I think you’ll agree that they remain as haunting as ever.

Tragically, elsewhere, the contemporary parallels remain all too evident, from the sensory deprivation of the 'best' show pools, to the sordid travelling dolphin shows currently playing to packed audiences of tourists and locals in the Far East.

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Published by: jmventre on Jul 09, 2012
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Republished on Amazon Kindle, July 2012
The Rose-Tinted Menagerie
 A History of Animals in Entertainment,from Ancient Rome to the 20th Century
by
William M Johnson
with introductions by
Desmond Morris
(author of the Human Zoo and The Naked Ape)and the late
Sadruddin Aga Khanwith 47 colour and b/w illustrations
Available on Amazon from July 2012About the author
William M Johnson’s critically-acclaimed
TheRose-Tinted Menagerie
has been republishedby Iridescent as an illustrated Amazon Kindleebook.Hailed as ‘a ground-breaking work’ uponits original release in 1990, the book exploresthe role of animals in entertainment, from thegladiatorial contests of ancient Rome and thetravelling shows of the Middle Ages, to thecircuses and dolphinaria of the 20th century.Behind the colourful ‘rose-tinted’ façade,the ‘exuberant’ somersaults of the dolphin, the‘harmless fun’ of the chimps’ tea party, the‘awesome’ spectacle of elephants performingunder the Big Top, the author discovers a far greyer world characterised by exploitation,cruelty and deprivation — from the captureof animals in the wild, through their training,connement, transport and performances tothe crowds.Among the victims of the same vast animaltrade, he nds trained dolphins, chimps andother animals utilised in military experiments — some even preparing for World War III.Prior to its rst publication in 1990, author andinvestigative journalist William M Johnsonspent ve years researching The Rose-TintedMenagerie. His research took him to big tops,menageries and dolphin pools throughout thelength and breadth of Europe, and to circusshows from as far aeld as the Soviet Union andthe United States.From his own undercover work and from thetestimony of scores of ex-circus and dolphinshow staff, by 1990 Johnson had built up aformidable catalogue of evidence that, uponpublication, dismayed wildlife experts, shockedthe casual reader and provoked politicaldebate:
The Rose-Tinted Menagerie
.While some establishments have shut their 
Photos © William M. Johnson / Matthias Schnellmann

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