RSPCA welcomes “halt to the archaic practise of hauling wild animals around in circuses purely in the name of entertainment”

If reports widely reported this morning are true, the RSPCA welcomes the phase-in ban on wild animals in circuses which the Westminster Government appears to be introducing. However the devil is in the detail and there needs to be a commitment to a clear cut-off date and unequivocal legislation to ensure this ban is implemented properly.

Any legislation short of a proper ban would simply not have been enough to meet the needs of animals such as lions, tigers and zebras.

Science has shown they are completely unsuited to the environment of a travelling circus which involves confinement to cramped temporary cages; transportation from site to site in beastwagons; and trained to perform inappropriate behaviours which can have a serious effect on their physical health.

The Government in England finally seems to have listened to the will of the public and the MPs who unanimously voted in favour of a ban in June. It is time to halt the archaic practise of hauling wild animals around in circuses purely in the name of entertainment.

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