Circus ban set for victory in Wales

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'Momentous day for animals'

14.02.18

The Welsh Government has announced plans to bring forward legislation to ban the use of wild animals in circuses in Wales.

We’ve decreed today as a “momentous day for animals” as the Welsh Government confirms its plan to bring forward legislation to ban the use of wild animals in circuses.

We’ve led the campaign on this issue for some two decades - with over 9,000 signing our petition urging action in Wales.

A circus is no place for wild animals

The nature of circuses highlights how inappropriate they are as a setting for wild animals - they're always on the move, have cramped accommodation and there's forced training for the animals.

We’ve long drawn attention to how the welfare of wild animals based in such settings is likely to be heavily compromised.

Claire Lawson, RSPCA Cymru assistant director of external relations, said:

This is a momentous day for animals - with the sight of wild animals touring in circuses in Wales set to be consigned to the history books once and for all.

The RSPCA has fought for years to see this ban become a reality. We're absolutely delighted that the Welsh Government has confirmed its intention to bring forward legislation to end this outdated and cruel practice on this country’s soil.

This ban makes a huge statement about how highly animal welfare is regarded in Wales, and how this country wants to treat our fellow living creatures. RSPCA Cymru will now work closely with the Welsh Government and all stakeholders to ensure this ban becomes a reality as soon as possible.

Latest country to enforce a ban

Circus zebras 2007. © Captive Animals' Protection Society www.captiveanimals.org

The Welsh Government's announcement will ensure Wales becomes the latest country to introduce an outright ban on the practice of wild animals in circuses. Scotland passed a ban on the issue in December 2017 and a ban came into effect in the Republic of Ireland on 1 January 2018.

Earlier this year the UK Government announced plans to bring the proposed ban on wild animals in circuses in England before MPs, as soon as parliamentary time allows. However the ban isn’t in place yet and we must ensure that the recent proposals are followed through.

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