Wild Animals in Circuses – Part Two

Back in August 2010, I published a blog about the ban on wild animals in circuses in the UK being long overdue.  On 6th May, the Independent published an article No 10 blocks plan to ban wild animals performing in circuses which included the statement that “Ministers are expected to announce a system of self-regulation by circuses within days.”

This ADI page contains one example of why self-regulation will not work – unfortunately, there are many reasons why wild animals are not suited for a circus life and some are mentioned in the article.

Tiger Jumping Through a Hoop

Yesterday (8th May), the Independent published a follow up article with this introduction:

“Internet users have given strong backing to The Independent’s campaign calling for a ban on wild animals performing in circuses.

“More than 6,000 people had signed our petition urging the Government to announce a ban, while hundreds have posted messages of support on our website, Facebook page and on Twitter.”

The RSPCA, BVA, Born Free Foundation and the Captive Animals’ Protection endorse the Independent’s campaign to ban wild animals in circuses – please add your name to the petition.  Thank you.

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13 thoughts on “Wild Animals in Circuses – Part Two

  1. Animal Aid, Animal Defenders International (ADI), British Veterinary Association (BVA), Born Free Foundation (BFF), Captive Animals Protection Society (CAPS), Care for the Wild International (CWI), Four Paws, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) UK, Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) and World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA) have written an open letter to the Prime Minister setting out their concerns and asking the government to reconsider its position:
    http://www.rspca.org.uk/media/news/story/-/article/EM_Circuses_letter_to_PM_May11

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  2. ADI is supporting an Early Day Motion (EDM 2563 Ban on Wild Animals in Circuses) tabled in Parliament to urge the government to stop dragging its heels over a ban; the EDM follows news in December that the legal challenge to Austria’s ban on the use of wild animals in circuses, cited by ministers as the reason the UK could not bring in a ban, has been dismissed by the Austrian courts:
    http://www.ad-international.org/animals_in_entertainment/go.php?id=2466&cat=7&si=1&ssi=10

    Please contact your MP to ask him/her to sign the EDM.

    Thank you,

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  3. EDM 2586 Inspection Reports on Circus Establishments has been tabled in Parliament and ADI is again asking people to contact their MPs requesting they sign the motion:
    http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2010-12/2586

    This new EDM calls on the government to release Defra inspection reports on animal circuses, following Defra’s refusal to grant ADI access to reports by Defra appointed vets. These reports are vital to inform any decisions made about licensing proposals, which the government is still currently pursuing.

    Thank you,

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  5. This is an extract from an e-mail sent by ADI today (12th April) to its supporters:
    “ADI has decided that Defra’s so-called public consultation on regulations on animals in circuses is manipulative in the extreme and designed to give the Government the answer they want, with no choice of options.

    “Defra did not like the answer they got on their genuine consultation (finalised in 2010) where nearly 95% of the public voted for a ban on the use of wild animals in circuses. They have now put together a set of questions that ensures they get the answer they want, which is to regulate rather than end the suffering of these animals.

    “The animal circus business has been shown, repeatedly, to tolerate violence towards animals and the conditions that the animals are forced to endure would not be tolerated in the worst zoo. We cannot endorse measures which we do not believe will protect animals. It is a national disgrace, when other countries are taking decisive action on this issue. We urge our supporters to boycott this farce of a consultation.”

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  7. In a recent e-mail to supporters, ADI stated “After a 6-year campaign by ADI, the Colombian Congress has passed legislation to prohibit the use of wild animals in circuses – in both static and travelling circuses.”

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