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Hurrah! Government Finally Acts to Ban Wild Animals in Circuses!

At last – wild-animal circuses are to become a thing of the past in England! On Tuesday, a draft bill was tabled in Parliament to stop circuses using animals beginning in 2015 – a move that all British people can celebrate.

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This means that, in this country, no more wild animals will be abused in the ring in the name of entertainment. No more elephants, camels or zebras will be denied everything that is natural and important to them, confined to cages or boxcars and dragged around the country and forced to perform demeaning and often painful tricks for human amusement.

This legislation has been a long time coming. David Cameron was instructed by Parliament to get wild animals out of circuses in 2011, but he dragged his heels in implementing the ban – despite overwhelming support for it among the British public. A 2011 Defra consultation saw 94 per cent of respondents, including the British Veterinary Association, backing an end to this archaic form of entertainment.

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Today, though, the government seems finally to have listened and has decided to do the right thing for animals. Well done, and thank you to the thousands of you who wrote to David Cameron about the ban – your actions have paid off! It’s time for animal abusers to pack their bags and wave goodbye to wild-animal circuses for good – a huge step forward for animals and for a more compassionate Britain.

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  1. avatar Chris says:

    Well it was about time,let’s see if the USA will follow the ban as well. Circuses in my eyes were always a torture to animals. 2015 why so late why couldn’t it started in 2014????

  2. avatar janessa says:

    Love you PETA. America next please in my lifetime!

  3. avatar Nan newall says:

    Once again, the UK leads the way in fighting for animal rights. Thank you, UK, for taking yet an other step to end animal abuse. When will the rest of the world catch up?

  4. avatar Malcolm says:

    Is the art of training birds for entertainment also included in this ban?

  5. avatar Nicole says:

    EXCELLENT news !!!

  6. avatar Fiona Frank says:

    Delighted to learn that animals are now banned from circuses. One form of animal abuse down….
    Great work. Thanks.

  7. avatar Hana says:

    GREAT! congratulations!!!!

  8. avatar gmc says:

    Long time overdue. Well done PETA!

    • The ban coming into force in 2015 is for wild animals only. What about other animals such as dogs? I’m not happy having to wait until 2015. Can’t anything be done about it?

  9. avatar Harry Blair says:

    So Cameron dragged his heels over wild animals in circuses? A pity he didn’t drag his heels over benefit cuts.
    I’m afraid it won’t be in your lifetime,Janessa. Americans have no love for wild animals. Just see what they’re doing to the wolf and the buffalo.

  10. avatar RUTH says:

    This good news is such a relief…well done to all the hard working dedicated workers and supporters who made this all possible…..reforming ourselves,each other,our society,the world,is what we are all here for, the animal kingdom so deserve our love and respect as much as the human race does for each other!

  11. avatar BROWN-JONES says:

    BAN THIS CRUELTY TODAY!

  12. avatar plault christine says:

    tant mieux il était temps…TOUS LES ANIMAUX NE MERITENT QUE NOTRE RESPECT… LAISSONS LES TRANQUILLE !

  13. avatar clare crum says:

    its about time the world knew what a circus really is about

  14. avatar quievreux says:

    Excellente nouvelle. J’espère que d’autres suivront. Il y a encore tant et tant de cruauté partout !

  15. avatar sue says:

    should that not include the dancing dog is that not abuse of similar kind
    and where does that stop – dogs today who knows tomorrow – I thought
    Simon was an advocate of animals and yet he chooses a dancing dog to win a
    talent show – is that not animal abuse – making a dog dance for money!!!!

  16. avatar Angela Harris says:

    At last – please make sure this goes through! Why 2 years though? The animals will need good homes of course so only the best zoos and parks etc please!! A.

    • Even though I think it’s too long to wait until 2015, I am angry and saddened that mink and chinchilla fur farming in the Netherlands was voted in 2009 by their parliament to be banned, but won’t come in to force until 2024! Why do these things take so long?

  17. avatar Neville Wells says:

    A ban has taken far too long. It can’t come soon enough, so why another two years of waiting ? and what about domestic performing animals, I wonder ?

  18. avatar jorien says:

    YES! YES! YES! :) :)

  19. avatar Neville Wells says:

    Only send the reprieved animals to decent spacious caring sanctuaries. There is no such thing as a good zoo !

  20. It won’t just be Nellie the Elephant who packs her trunk and waves goodbye to the circus. All the other wild animals will be joining her.

  21. avatar chander kumar soni says:

    congrats.

  22. avatar Jean Wykes says:

    Pity we have to wait until 2015 but better late than never . Now let’s make it world wide.

  23. avatar Laura Hidalgo says:

    Freat news!!!

  24. avatar linda says:

    Love is Freedom … Free all animals from torture and abuse amen xx

  25. avatar jennifer birolini says:

    basta crudeltà!!!

  26. avatar Paula says:

    Yes!! That is good news. But take good care of the animals, so they get a good home after ending circuslife and beginning this new law.

  27. avatar Rommy says:

    Outstanding!!!

  28. avatar Julie Baines says:

    So, so happy to read this and ashamed of being too silly to know any better when I was young. Well done to everyone who worked hard to make this a reality, and thank you.

  29. avatar Fran says:

    PETA you absolutely rock!!!!!

  30. avatar Jan Whiteley says:

    This great news is long overdue but the animals must not be discarded without thought. They must be given to good sanctuaries/safari parks and not to zoos.
    It is time all other countries put a stop to this cruelty. Well done PETA.

  31. avatar John Bonser says:

    I’ve been lobbying MPs, to get wild animal acts banned, for quite a while now. Last year over 200 MPs voted against animal acts in circuses. This year a licencing law has been introduced whereby all the acts are monitored by vets, and the circus owners have a duty of care to the animals. The 2015 ban can’t come soon enough, then all the wild animals will be seized. My worry is that the circuses will move to the continent, where there is the most atrocious treatment of the circus animals.

    Please will everyone lobby their MP to stop these animals from being exported by the thugs that run these circuses.

  32. avatar Val Kerry says:

    GREAT NEWS EH! WOW!!!! Ifeel like jumping up and down !!!!!!

  33. avatar Frances Bekhechi says:

    This is brilliant news and long overdue. I do hope, though, that there’s a plan to confiscate the animals and send them to sanctuaries. Surely the circus owners won’t be allowed to keep them and move them elsewhere…

  34. avatar jan says:

    Finally a win for Animals ABOUT BLOODY TIME!!! Good on you EU

  35. avatar Benny says:

    Well done England.

  36. avatar nathan says:

    Good news in england.
    Help malta to protects the birds. There killing thousands every year.

    Shame on you MALTA

  37. Superfabulous news! Thanks for keeping the pressure on issues like this!

  38. avatar suvarna shrotri says:

    Peta you are doing a great & noble job. Animals will bless u!!

  39. avatar Dorothy Beechers says:

    I am so pleased the Government w taken action to stpp the sadistic abuse against animals in the Circus.
    I often wondered as a young girl, growing up and when the Circus came, how they got the animals to perform tricks, well now we have the proof, that they constantly lived in fear of beatings if they did not perform.
    I never have been to a Circus and will only go to one if it has humans, who choose to perform!!!.
    I cannot believe that it was allowed to go on, the rest of the world needs to do the same now, to end all animal
    suffering.

  40. avatar michelle says:

    Please read and find out what is happening to tigers across the world, just for human entertainment –
    http://shel02004.tumblr.com/post/50604365596/the-white-tiger-fraud

  41. avatar Ella says:

    About time! Why can’t they do it now though…
    Oh well, they’ve obviously come to their senses. *clap clap*

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  43. avatar Emily Louise Robbins says:

    Thank godness! I’ve always hated wild animals in circuses!!! :)

  44. avatar chander kumar soni says:

    thanks government.

  45. avatar Daved Wachsman says:

    Let’s keep the momentum going! Now that the UK has taken the lead on this may the rest of the world’s countries ban animal circuses. We applaud the UK for being the forerunner in this matter

  46. Unfortunately this law, like the one just passed in Colombia, excludes domestic animals. While it’s a big step forward it really doesn’t go far enough.

    http://domesticempire.wordpress.com/2013/06/16/colombia-ban-wild-animals-in-circuses/

  47. avatar linky says:

    WELL DONE PETA – YOU GUYS ROCK!!! awesome news indeed. pity it cannot happen sooner. why wait, when every second inside those chains and cages must seem like an eternity for those poor souls whose lives have been stolen by man. my heart breaks every time i think about it. so which country is next?!!

  48. [...] April, we were celebrating. After a public consultation and messages from thousands of compassionate people, the government [...]

  49. avatar Natalie says:

    Good stuff for the UK. However it would be great to see a ban across Europe and even perhaps the rest if the world! I regularly visit Trouville in France every August and year after year I whitness a travelling circus with animals. It’s so depressing to see the state the animals are in. Please please help these suffering animals too! Many thanks.

  50. avatar vicki ginoli says:

    This means that, in this country, no more wild animals will be abused in the ring in the name of entertainment. No more elephants, camels or zebras will be denied everything that is natural and important to them, confined to cages or boxcars and dragged around the country and forced to perform demeaning and often painful tricks for human amusement.

    This legislation has been a long time coming. David Cameron was instructed by Parliament to get wild animals out of circuses in 2011, but he dragged his heels in implementing the ban – despite overwhelming support for it among the British public. A 2011 Defra consultation saw 94 per cent of respondents, including the British Veterinary Association, backing an end to this archaic form of entertainment.

    THE GREATNESS OF A NATION AND ITS MORAL PROGRESS CAN BE JUDGED BY THE WAY ITS ANIMALS ARE TREATED… I HOLD THAT, THE MORE HELPLESS A CREATURE, THE MORE ENTITLED IT IS TO THE PROTECTION BY MAN FROM THE CRUELTY OF MAN. MAHATMA GANDHI

    COMPASSION NOT CRUELTY!!! EVERY LIFE IS IMPORTANT!

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