Animal Aid

Use of wild animals in circuses to be banned!

Posted 17 April 2013

The government has today announced plans to outlaw the use of wild animals in circuses from December 2015. This great victory follows years of campaigning by animal rights groups, and in particular the undercover investigation by Animal Defenders International that led to the conviction of circus owner Bobby Roberts for the cruelty inflicted upon Anne the elephant by circus workers. Captive Animal Protection Society (CAPS) also played a vital role in this victory through their many years of campaigning, which included the publication of powerful reports and investigations.

A 2010 public consultation by Defra found that an emphatic 94.5% of people support a ban on the use of wild animals in circuses, and in 2011 MPs overwhelmingly supported a motion calling for such a ban. Still, the government chose to introduce a costly and ineffective licensing scheme instead of implementing an outright ban. But today, finally, the government has set a definite date to outlaw this cruel and outdated practice.

Thank you to everyone who has campaigned on this important issue!

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