Wild animals in travelling circuses have been banned in Scotland since May 2018. Scotland was the first country in the UK to outlaw the practice.
Following a public consultation which found that 98% of respondents supported a ban on the use of wild animals in travelling circuses, in 2016 the Scottish government announced that a Bill to ban the use of wild animals in circuses would be included in the 2016/2017 government programme. In 2017, the Bill was passed and began the parliamentary process towards becoming law.
The ban came into force on 28th May 2018, marking a successful end to a long campaign by Born Free and campaign partners including OneKind and Freedom for Animals.