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Travelling animal shows

Falconry displays, mobile petting zoos, reindeer shows at Christmas and wild animals in circuses – these are all examples of so-called 'mobile animal exhibits'.

But what’s there to ensure that animals are protected from this very special lifestyle?

We’ve long had concerns about the welfare of animals in these travelling shows, particularly as currently they're largely unregulated.

Our campaign to end the use of wild animals in circuses

In England

With your help we campaigned to ban the use of wild animals in circuses and in 2012 the Westminster Government promised to ban the use of wild animals in travelling circuses before the end of 2015.

Now, in 2017, the long-overdue ban still isn’t in place. This is unacceptable.

In Wales

The Welsh Government is current consulting on whether to bring in basic standards for ‘mobile animal exhibits’, ensuring that animals are protected from this very special lifestyle - including a possible action on the use of wild animals in circuses.

A recent report commissioned by the Welsh Government concluded that ‘Life for wild animals in travelling circuses...does not appear to constitute either a ‘good life’ or a ‘life worth living’.

74 percent of the public in Wales support an end on wild animals performing in circuses in Wales*.

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*All figures, unless otherwise stated, are from YouGov Plc. Total sample size was 1,036 adults. Fieldwork was undertaken between 19th–22nd August 2015. The survey was carried out online. The figures have been weighted and are representative of all Welsh adults (aged 18+)

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