Born Free Foundation - Keep Wildlife in the Wild

Ban on Wild Animals in Travelling Circuses in Scotland

21 December 2017

Categories: Homepage News, Circus Campaign News

Born Free is pleased to report that the Scottish Parliament has passed a Bill to ban wild animals from travelling circus in Scotland, becoming the first nation in the UK to take such a step.

Born Free’s Head of Animal Welfare and Captivity, Chris Draper, said: “I am delighted that Born Free has played its part, alongside our friends at OneKind and others, in securing this key decision. We would like to thank MSPs for their compassion and for reaching a decision on this important issue in a prompt and level-headed manner. This stands in stark contrast to the situation in Westminster, where the Government has wavered and delayed on bringing in a ban on wild animals in travelling circuses in England for several years now”.

Born Free will now redouble our efforts to push for bans on wild animals in travelling circuses in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. In recent weeks, thanks to the efforts of our friends at ISPCA, a ban has been announced in the Republic of Ireland, while a similar announcement was made in Italy in November.

Let’s hope that this wave of common sense continues to spread across the UK and Europe, and that we can soon consign to the history books the exploitation of complex and sentient animals for this form of dubious entertainment”.


If you live in EnglandWales or Northern Ireland, there are important actions you can take to support the Born Free Foundation’s campaign to bring an end to the outdated and cruel use of wild animals in travelling circuses.

If you live outside of the UK, you can support the campaign by sharing this page and our other updates on social media or via email; this really helps us to spread the word on this important issue.

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