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

Unfortunately, animals continue to be used in circuses, including wild animals such as camels and zebras. 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. However we're concerned that they've yet to introduce the new law necessary to achieve this to Parliament. We'll continue to campaign throughout 2019.


Saturday, 20 April is World Circus Day. Although this is a celebration of circus entertainment, the outdated practice of using wild animals in circuses still exists. The UK Government have committed to a ban on the use of wild animals in circuses by January 2020, but we've yet to see significant progress.

We're supporting the petition started by campaigner Bella Lack, who is calling for a ban on the use of wild animals in circuses across the whole of the UK. Over 160,000 have already signed the petition but we still need more signatures. There is no better day than #WorldCircusDay to add your name.

Sign the petition

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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