On 14th February 2018, Welsh Cabinet Secretary for Energy, Planning and Rural Affairs, Lesley Griffiths, announced her department’s intention to bring in a ban on the use of wild animals in travelling circuses. The move came after some months of uncertainty where, after initially indicating its intent to ban, the Welsh government instead announced that it favoured allowing circuses with wild animals to continue under licence.
The proposal to license circuses received a great deal of criticism as part of the subsequent public consultation, from both expert organisations and members of the public. Thankfully, the Welsh government listened to these responses and the news that a ban would be brought forward was welcomed by campaigners across Wales and the wider UK.
While the announcement that a ban will be introduced has now been made, there remains a number of stages for the new law to go through before it comes into force.