The omission of a ban of circus animals in the Queen’s Speech is ‘unacceptable’.
We’re disappointed that the UK government ministers have failed to include a ban of wild animals in circuses Bill in this year’s Queen’s Speech and have branded the omission ‘outdated.’
We, alongside other animal welfare organisations such as The Born Free Foundation, British Veterinary Association and Captive Animals’ Protection, have long been pushing for a complete ban on the use of wild animals in circuses. It had been hoped the draft Bill would be given royal assent today.
Circuses are no fun for animals
Due to their dependency on regular travel, circuses cannot provide the sizeable and complex living conditions that are required for animals traditionally used in this way such as lions, zebras and tigers.
Our head of public affairs David Bowles said:
“The impact of circuses on animal welfare is serious and potentially debilitating for each and every animal involved. Animals are forced to endure the constant travel, cramped temporary cages, and noisy conditions of a circus.
“It is not a quaint tradition that harks back to Victorian times. It is an archaic and heartless practice which must be stopped completely. The lack of introduction of a complete ban is itself outdated.
“The British public have a better understanding of animal welfare than the government are giving them credit for. Ninety-four per cent of people who responded to a Defra consultation on this subject wanted a ban on the use of wild animals in circuses.
“The recognition of animals as sentient beings is now widely accepted across the world and legislation is slowly catching up – except for here in the UK and it is unacceptable.
“Despite this setback we will continue to push for the ban to be implemented by the government because it is a practice that needs to be abolished.”
Take action for wild animal in circuses
Wild animals don’t belong in circuses. Hold the UK government to its promise to introduce a ban by the end of 2015.