UPDATE: The public consultation has now closed. We’ll keep you posted about further developments so watch this space.
Scotland is considering introducing a ban on the use of wild animals in circuses – but we need your help to make sure that it happens.
The Scottish government wants your views on the issue and has launched a public consultation. It’s vital to make sure politicians get the message that all compassionate people are against locking up elephants, tigers, zebras and other animals and forcing them to perform absurd tricks in the … Read more.
Congratulations are in order for our friends over at PETA India today! After a nine-month-long investigation of circuses across the country revealed widespread cruelty, the Animal Welfare Board of India has just decided to end the registration of elephants for performances – effectively putting a stop to the suffering of circus elephants.
PETA India’s investigation of 15 circuses documented rampant apparent violations of animal-welfare laws, including animals dying from inadequate care, mysteriously “going missing”, denied veterinary care for injuries and being handled by drunken staff members. Elephants – who roam over … Read more.
Good news: we’re one step closer to the full ban on wild animals in circuses that we’ve all been waiting for!
On Tuesday, DEFRA Minister Lord de Mauley confirmed that the government will go ahead with plans to keep all wild animals out of circuses and rightly dismissed an absurd select committee recommendation to water down the ban so that it would apply only to elephants and big cats. “The Government cannot agree to this recommendation”, this week’s report stated explicitly – meaning that camels, zebras, reindeer and other animals will also … Read more.
What kind of person would hit a poodle in the face, whip a kangaroo or electro-shock an elephant?
This 60-second video made by our friends at PETA Germany compiles shocking footage of animals being hurt in the name of entertainment, as trainers use violence to force animals to perform absurd and pointless tricks. It includes heartbreaking scenes of Anne, an elephant who was kept on a circus in Northamptonshire, being chained, beaten and stabbed with a pitchfork.
These hard-to-stomach images make it clearer than ever that the UK needs to ban the … Read more.
A victory for compassion in Belgium came this week, as the government ratified a law to ban the use of wild animals in circuses. This milestone for animals comes after a 10-year campaign by animal rights groups such as Global Action in the Interest of Animals (GAIA).
This excellent new law will save many animals in Belgium from the stress of constant travelling and transport in extremes of temperature, being kept in restricted living quarters, and being confined for their entire lives to an environment in which they cannot express natural behaviour … Read more.
In April, we were celebrating. After a public consultation and messages from thousands of compassionate people, the government announced that it would ban the use of all wild animals in circuses in England by 2015. It promised to end the abuse of zebras, camels, raccoons, reindeer, snakes and other animals in circuses around the country. “This legislation will end the use of wild animals in travelling circuses in this country. It will also help ensure that our international reputation as a leading protector of animals continues into a new global era”, … Read more.
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.
Image: © Guillaume Paumier/Wikimedia Commons, CC-by-3.0 • Hat: © iStockphoto.com/Jani Bryson • Nose: © iStockphoto.com/Izabela Habur
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.