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New EDM for wild animals in circuses

Posted 13 January 2012

In June last year, MPs overwhelmingly supported a motion to ban the use of wild animals in circuses. Despite this, the government has failed to act, and instead Defra has been looking at a system of licensing – which would not stop the suffering of animals in circuses.

Ministers claimed that there were legal impediments to a ban, and cited a legal challenge to Austria’s ban on the use of wild animals in circuses as a reason the UK could not do the same. However, in December Austrian courts dismissed this case, meaning there is no reason the UK cannot go ahead with a ban.

A public consultation by Defra in 2010 found that an amazing 94.5% of people support a ban on the use of wild animals in circuses. It’s time the government listened to the will of the people, and banned this cruel and outdated practise.

Please contact your MP and ask them to sign EDM 2563: Ban on Wild Animals in Circuses.

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