We are overjoyed that the Great British Circus has confirmed it will no longer use animals in its performances.
We hopes this marks the beginning of the end for all the wild animals unfortunate enough to be part of a circus act in England today.
This decision was allegedly prompted by the ban on wild animals in travelling circuses proposed by the Westminster government in May. If this is the case, we hope other circuses follow their lead.
Still concerned about these wild animals
Tigers, zebras and others have been living miserable lives of forced showmanship in the name of light-hearted entertainment for far too long.
We are concerned about the animals advertised for sale and hope they will go to happy new homes to live out the rest of their lives. We are offering help with any rehoming to the Great British Circus and any other circuses.
End the use of wild animals in circuses
We join animal welfare organisations including The Born Free Foundation, The Captive Animals Protection Society and the British Veterinary Association in calling on the government to abandon its plans for a temporary licensing system.
The proposed temporary licensing system is regarded by many as a pointless and expensive white elephant and to move swiftly to secure parliamentary time for the introduction of Primary Legislation to end the use of wild animals in circuses in England once and for all.
We've been campaigning for an end to the use of wild animals in travelling circuses in England and Wales for over a decade. Find out more about our Big Stop campaign.
In our latest blog post A Great British Triumph? campaigner, Violet Donohue, explains why she has mixed views on this latest announcement.