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.
Private Members' Bills are Public Bills introduced by MPs and Lords who are not government ministers. As with other Public Bills their purpose is to change the law as it applies to the general population.
A Private Members Bill brought forward by Jim Fitzpatrick MP to ban the use of wild animals in travelling circuses in England has now been blocked during its second reading 10 times.
Despite this disappointing news, we have not given up, and will continue in our efforts to ensure that the Government honours its stated commitment to bring in a ban.
We are grateful for all those that have written to their MP to ask them to write to the Prime Minister and request that the Government acts to bring in a ban without further delay. We have been forwarded many positive responses from MPs supporting the bill and hope that the ban will be allowed to go ahead.
We have received indications from the Government that it supports the Private Members Bill; we are in the process of trying to establish why MPs from a party in Government have been objecting to the Bill.
Dear Supporters and Friends
I was shocked when I discovered that the ban on wild animals in travelling circuses in England was not mentioned in the Queen's Speech in June 2014. I am sure you are as disappointed as I am. But I will certainly not give up. There is still a slim chance that the Government could make the dream of a ban a reality - but I need your immediate help.
It is vital that the Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister hear from compassionate citizens as a matter of urgency and I am, therefore, asking you to take 5 minutes to contact them, urging them to ensure that a ban is introduced by Government as a priority.
The key points to make in your letter or email are:
Please help and take five minutes to contact the offices of Prime Minister Rt Hon David Cameron MP and the Deputy Prime Minister Rt Hon Nick Clegg MP by following these links:
Or write to them:
The Prime Minister-
10 Downing Street
The Deputy Prime Minister –
Thank you so much for reading this and I do hope you will help.
With all good wishes