Born Free Foundation - Keep Wildlife in the Wild


Country update

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. 

Once introduced, the ban will prohibit using wild animals in performance or exhibition as part of a travelling circus. 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.

On the 5th October 2017, the Wild Animals in Travelling Circuses (Scotland) Bill will pass to its first stage in the Scottish Parliament, where it will be debated and MSPs will decide whether the ban can be agreed in principle. If it is agreed, it will continue to move through the process of amendment and debate, to become law.

Scottish Supporters’ Action Point: I you live in Scotland, please contact your MSP to ask that he or she give the Wild Animals in Travelling Circuses (Scotland) Bill their full support. You can find the contact details of your MSP here:

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