The Born Free Foundation has been working steadily for many years for an end to the use of wild animals in circuses.
In the UK, we participated in a government-convened Circus Working Group in the late 1990s and again in 2006. We have investigated and exposed the treatment of wild animals in circuses on many occasions, and helped to relocate animals from circuses to better conditions.
Numbers of circuses with wild animals and the number of wild animals used by circuses have declined in recent years but we consider that a ban on wild animals in circuses across the UK is long overdue. A travelling circus environment simply cannot provide for the needs of wild animals.
For the latest on the progress towards a ban in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, please see our news items.