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

Blogging off


PS – Latest update on this story is here >

One Response to “Bringing down the curtain on wild animals in circuses”

  1. Donna Mackenzie Says:

    Fantastic news, though do share Born Free’s concerns for the fate of the animals currently owned by the circus. If there’s anything we can do to stop them being transferred to circuses abroad please let us know. Is Longleat (who took Anne the elephant) or any of the other safari parks an option? Still sadly captivity but certainly better than the miserable lives they’ve led in the circus.

    Alas I’m not as hopeful that the govt will end the proposed temporary licensing process. As requested in the BF members’ magazine I emailed Defra on 23 June. Got an automatic response saying they’d reply within 20 days, alas I’m still waiting. Says it all.