Wild Animal Circus Ban – Why Are We Still Waiting?
For years, the government has been promising to ban the use of wild animals in circuses in England and Wales by 2015.
Now it looks like this could have just been empty words.
A draft bill has been produced, but progress has stalled. If the government doesn't take concrete steps soon, there won't be enough time to deliver the new law during this Parliament, and all our hard work could be undone – leaving animals to be abused in travelling circuses for years to come.
While politicians are dragging their feet, animals are suffering and dying. According to the RSPCA, three animals, a tiger, a zebra and a snake, have died in travelling circuses since 2013, and many more are enduring lives of constant misery.
Wild animals used by circuses are constantly carted around from one performance to another in an environment where their most basic welfare needs cannot be met. For more than 90 per cent of the time, they are locked up in "beast wagons" or barren temporary enclosures, and they may be beaten and punished as part of inhumane training methods. This isn't "entertainment".
The only way to protect these animals is to keep them out of circuses entirely.
Please write to your MP today asking him or her to take urgent action and ensure that the ban goes ahead.
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