People across Wales have been urged to vote with their feet and steer clear of separate circus shows currently travelling the country with performing wild animals in tow.

RSPCA Cymru has long led the campaign to see the use of wild animals in circuses outlawed in Wales – and celebrated success recently when the Welsh Government announced it is exploring legislative options to introduce a ban.

However, the practice presently remains legal in Wales – and two circuses featuring a … Continue reading…

Assembly Members have been urged to use a plenary debate on the use of wild animals in circuses to show their support for anticipated Welsh Government legislation on the key animal welfare issue.

RSPCA has led the campaign to see the “outdated, cruel” practice brought to an end in Wales – and last month (14 February) welcomed news that the Welsh Government confirmed its plan to bring forward legislation to ban the use of wild animals in circuses.

The charity … Continue reading…

RSPCA Cymru has decreed today (Wednesday 14 February) as a “momentous day for animals” as the Welsh Government confirms its plan to bring forward legislation to ban the use of wild animals in circuses.

The animal welfare charity has led the campaign on this issue for some two decades – with over 9,000 signing an RSPCA petition urging action.

Polling, too, has consistently demonstrated a clear will for action – with 74% of people within Wales supporting a ban on … Continue reading…

RSPCA Cymru has welcomed the Welsh Government’s decision to bring forward a licensing scheme for travelling animal shows – also known as mobile animal exhibits (MAEs) – but insist new rules must ensure an end to the use of wild animals in circuses across the country.

Falconry displays, mobile petting zoos and Christmas reindeer events are all set to be impacted by the new rules – and RSPCA Cymru hopes licensing will mean adherence to key animal welfare standards is … Continue reading…

Wales must not “fall behind” on wild animal welfare, as the Republic of Ireland becomes the latest country to outlaw the use of wild animals in circuses.

RSPCA Cymru has urged the Welsh Government to deliver an immediate end to the practice, stating there is “no excuse” for wild animals to still be touring the country in a hugely inappropriate circus environment.

Calls follow the Republic of Ireland’s Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed T.D., signing regulations … Continue reading…