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.
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 … Read more.
Never one to shy away from sharing an opinion, Morrissey lent the spotlight at his recent Boston, Massachusetts, gig to help get the word out about elephants suffering in a circus act.
PETA US has filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Agriculture after someone in the audience of a Ringling circus sent them a video showing a handler hooking and striking an elephant named Luna—who has a history of leg problems—with a bullhook. Moz’s bandmates took to the stage in T-shirts reading “Ringling Beats Animals” to spread the word.
Morrissey and … Read more.
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Despite having been instructed by Parliament in 2011 to get wild animals out of circuses, David Cameron has been heel-dragging and stalling on implementing a ban. Whilst the government has finally begun work on draft legislation, it’s insisting on primary legislation which could take years, prolonging the suffering of wild animals in circuses, rather than enacting an immediate ban under section 12 of the Animal Welfare Act.
In 2011, a Defra consultation saw 94 per cent … Read more.
As you know, PETA has been working hard to get the government to introduce a complete ban on wild animals in circuses, a ban that’s overwhelmingly supported by the public and by Parliament, unlike Defra’s current unpopular plan for inspection and licensing schemes. And while we may not be quite there yet, the pressure is clearly having a big impact. According to a recent report, The Great British Circus – one of the few remaining circuses to use wild animals in the UK – will soon be going animal free because, … Read more.
Yes, they have smoking bodies, flawless skin, and a perfect smile, but many of the women on FHM’s Sexiest Women in the World 2012 list have something else in common – they show compassion towards animals. From rescuing a shelter dog to speaking out against fur and exotic animal skins to adopting a meat-free diet, these gorgeous ladies use their voice to help animals. And what could be sexier than that?
Proving that it’s beautiful to be kind, below are just a few examples of how the world’s hottest ladies have … Read more.
Many of you will have seen the headlines reporting an end to the use and abuse of wild animals in British circuses. There is nothing PETA would love more (well, except an end to the use of all animals in circuses), but sadly, all is not what it seems. In the face of overwhelming public and parliamentary support for a ban, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has announced that it will press ahead with its circus inspection and licensing scheme and also have another public consultation on the … Read more.
The town of Molins de Rei has joined more than 60 other Spanish cities that have enacted bans against circuses that use animals.
Our colleagues at Asociación Animalista Libera received overwhelming support from city officials after pointing out that animals in circuses live in cramped cages and are beaten with bullhooks and whips in order to force them to obey. The ban includes all exhibitors that use wild animals.
Join PETA’s Action Team and start a campaign to ban animal acts underway in your own town.
During a week that marks both Mahatma Gandhi’s birthday and World Animal Day, we thought it appropriate to take a moment to reflect on these words of wisdom from the “Great Soul”: “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated”. If Gandhi were alive today, how would the UK fare in his eyes?
One of the first pieces of animal rights legislation in the world, the Cruel Treatment of Cattle Act of 1822, was introduced in the UK, and we’ve … Read more.
Cricketer Wayne Parnell has set his sights on a new opponent: circuses that force wild animals to perform unnatural and painful tricks. In a new anti-circus ad for PETA, Parnell, who plays for the South African national team, appears shirtless and bound by chains next to the words, “Try to Relate to Their Fate. Say NO to Animal Circuses”.
“I choose to participate in sport, but the animals used in circuses aren’t given any choice at all”, says Parnell. “Animals in circuses suffer a lifetime of abuse – all for a few … Read more.
Former conservative minister Ann Widdecombe is backing PETA’s campaign for a ban on wild animals in circuses and is encouraging the public to urge the government to take action. In a parliamentary debate held Thursday, 23 June, MPs backed a ban on the use of wild animals in circuses, leaving the ball in the government’s court.
“The time has finally come for Britain to end the barbaric spectacle of forcing wild animals to perform demeaning and often painful tricks in the name of entertainment”, said Ann. “Please show your support by
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