RSPCA Cymru is calling on the public to give a circus with wild animals, now in Llanbadarn, Aberystwyth, a miss.
The complex needs of wild animals can never be adequately met in a circus environment with regular transport, cramped and bare temporary housing, forced training and performance all unavoidable realities for the animals.
The circus – which uses wild animals in its performances – has arrived in Llanbadarn.
RSPCA’s senior scientific officer, specialising in circus animal welfare, Ros Clubb said: “Circuses will only continue to use wild animals if the public continue to pay to see them.
“This circus has been travelling across Wales for the past few months and we’d just like to remind people that we have major concerns about the welfare of wild animals involved in this, or any other, travelling show.
“We believe that because of their transient nature, travelling shows like this will never be able to keep any wild animals in a way that provides acceptable standards of welfare.
“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.
“We are urging members of the public in Aberystwyth to vote with their feet and give this circus that uses wild animals, a miss.”
In October 2015, RSPCA Cymru handed in a petition to the National Assembly for Wales’ Petitions Committee. The petition gained more than 7,900 signatures which called upon the Welsh Government to introduce a long-awaited ban on the use of wild animals in circuses.
The Welsh Government has since commissioned a review that could pave the way to Wales to introduce such a ban.
To help us keep up the pressure on the newly elected Welsh Government to finish the job – you can sign our petition! Please visit http://goo.gl/z1bQrP
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