Born Free Foundation - Keep Wildlife in the Wild



Country update

In December 2017 the Scottish Parliament passed a Bill to ban wild animals from travelling circus in Scotland, becoming the first nation in the UK to take such a step

Following a public consultation which demonstrated that 98% of respondents supported a ban on the use of wild animals in travelling circuses, in September 2016 the Scottish government announced that a Bill to ban the use of wild animals in circuses will be included in the 2016/2017 government programme. In May 2017, the Bill was introduced and began the parliamentary process towards becoming law. A representative of the Born Free Foundation presented evidence at one the formal committee sessions held as part of the process of scrutinizing the Bill. 

The Bill passed the first stage of the process on the 5th October 2017 and the 2nd stage on the 21st November 2017. The third and final stage took place on the 20th December 2017, at which time the Bill was passed, prohibiting the use of wild animals in performance or exhibition as part of a travelling circus in Scotland. The ban is expected to be implemented in the first part of 2018 and there is not expected to be a “grace period” therefore the ban would take immediate effect upon implementation.

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