End wild animals in circuses

We don't believe any animal should be subjected to the conditions of circus life. These animals often experience:

  • Regular transport
  • cramped and bare temporary housing
  • forced training and performance
  • loud noises and crowds

The damage to their welfare is likely to be significant, and scientific research has shown that circus life can have a harmful effect on the welfare of many species.

Will wild animals be banned from circuses in England?

The Westminster Government has committed to a ban on the use of wild animals in circuses in England by January 2020. In May 2019, they finally introduced the Wild Animals in Circuses Bill which will phase out the use of wild animals in circuses in England. We're working to make sure MPs support this Bill and it becomes law as soon as possible.

Wales announces ban on wild animals in circuses

19 countries (12 in Europe) have put bans or restrictions on the use of wild animals in circuses, including Scotland and the Republic of Ireland who have introduced bans.

In July 2018, The Welsh Government confirmed that within 12 months they will be bringing in a Bill to ban to use of wild animals in circuses in Wales. They have completed a consultation on their proposed bill to ban the use of wild animals in travelling circuses.

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