Time for ban on wild animals in circuses – Jo

Local MP Jo Swinson has welcomed the news that DEFRA has finally decided to take action and ban the use of wild animals in travelling circuses.

After a long campaign for such a ban, that had both public and cross-party support, the Coalition Government has announced its intention to implement legislation as soon as possible to ban travelling circuses from using performing wild animals.

While this legislation is being developed, a new licensing regime will come into force which will ensure high welfare conditions for wild animals.

Commenting Jo Swinson said:

“The announcement was an important step forward for animal welfare. A performing circus is no place for wild animals such as lions and tigers. The public overwhelmingly agrees that using animals for our personal entertainment is simply wrong. While there is no set date for implementation I welcome the news that there is movement on this.”

Commenting Bishopbriggs resident Anne Hunter said:

“This is very welcome as a long-awaited step in the right direction. I look forward to a time when we can welcome animal-free circuses to our towns.”

Commenting Milngavie resident Allison McBean said:

“The ban on wild animals in circuses has been long awaited. Animals in circuses suffer greatly and many exhibit behavioural problems due to this. Animals don’t have a voice so I’m happy that someone is finally speaking up for them, through this ban.”

  1. The consultation on the new licensing scheme started on 1 March and will run until 25 April. The consultation paper can be found atwww.defra.gov.uk/consult/2012/03/01/circus-animals-1203/

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