Commenting on the launch of a consultation concerning the draft Wild Animals in Travelling CIrcuses (Wales) Bill, RSPCA senior scientific manager, specialising in captive wild animals, Dr Ros Clubb said:

“The launch of this consultation and draft bill marks the next step in what we hope will soon be a historic, outright ban on the use of wild animals in circuses in Wales.

“RSPCA Cymru looks forward to closely scrutinising this bill, and working with the Welsh Government and Assembly Members to ensure this out-dated, harmful practice is consigned to the history books in Wales.

“The transient nature of circuses – alongside cramped accommodation and forced training for animals – highlights how inappropriate these settings are for wild animals. Indeed, the RSPCA has campaigned for decades for a ban – and we know the people of Wales support us, with 74% backing an end to the use of wild animals in circuses.

“Some 9,000 people backed an RSPCA petition calling for a ban, and we will now work to ensure their concerns are heard and this legislative process ends with Wales joining the growing list of countries who have furthered animal welfare by bringing an end to this Victorian practice.”