Bringing down the curtain on wild animals in circuses
Dear Friends of Wildlife,
I started working on this in the early 1990s. I sat for three years on a Parliamentary Circus Working Group between 1996 and 1998 where, together with others such as the RSPCA, I concluded that there was no future for the use of wild animals in circuses.
I sat on another Defra Circus Working Group between 2004 and 2007 where again, together with the RSPCA and others, I concluded there was no future for wild animals in circuses. In 2012, the Government confirmed that by 2015 they would bring about a ban.
Today, we learn that one of the three remaining circuses with wild animals – the biggest and perhaps the most well-known – The Great British Circus – is going to close (according to Horse & Hound). It’s been a long-haul and the end now seems in sight. Now we need to persuade the Government to abandon its plans for a temporary licensing system and to move swiftly to a comprehensive ban – frankly, the show is all but over.
We must not take anything for granted but this surely is the kind of encouraging news we have been waiting for for so long. Thank you to everyone who has been and who remains part of this campaign.
If you haven’t already, you can read the full story here