UK Government Bans Use Of Wild Animals In Circuses
The Government says the use of wild animals in travelling circuses has ‘no place in modern society’.
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In things that should’ve been done a long, long time ago, the UK government has announced a new Bill to ban the use of wild animals in circuses.
Environment Secretary, Michael Gove, announced the Wild Animals in Circuses Bill, preventing circus operators in England from using any wild animals in their shows.
The Government says the use of wild animals in travelling circuses has ‘no place in modern society’ and does nothing to further the conservation or our understanding of wild animals.
Similar legislation has already been passed in Scotland and is being planned for Wales, meaning a UK wide ban is now not far away.
Michael Gove said: “Traveling circuses are no place for wild animals in the 21st century and I am pleased that this legislation will put an end to this practice for good.
Animal Welfare Minister David Rutley said that the legislation will deliver on the ban that many welfare charities and parliamentarians have been calling for. "The general public can still enjoy a trip to the circus, but it is good to know that wild animals will no longer be a part of that experience,” he added.
A ban on the use of animals in circuses was first promised all the way back in 2006 but since then repeated efforts by backbench MPs to introduce it through Private Member's Bills have been thwarted by a handful of MPs.
In a statement sent to Plant Based News, Jan Creamer, President of Animal Defenders International said: “This legislation has been a long time coming and as successive UK governments have prevaricated, more than half of the world’s circus bans have passed.”
"After years of promises, and shocking scenes of suffering documented by Animal Defenders International, we cannot wait to see the day when wild animal circus acts are finally banned across the UK."
David Bowles, from the RSPCA, added: "We've campaigned against having wild animals in circuses for many years. They have complex needs that cannot be properly met in a circus environment.
"It's high time keeping wild animals in circuses is consigned to the history books and we look forward to the day that it is banned for good in England.”
We couldn’t agree more!