Today at Prime Minister’s Questions, David Cameron was asked about his attempts to amend the Hunting Act 2004, to which he responded, “I regret to say I don’t think there will be government agreement to go forward”.
Last week, the League Against Cruel Sports reported that the government indicated that it was considering amending the Hunting Act by using an affirmative statutory instrument that would “lift the limit on the number of dogs used to flush out wild mammals and in doing so, with a full pack of up to 40 hounds … 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.
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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.
PETA has issued a statement with several other animal protection groups to announce that none will be participating in Defra’s shamefully biased consultation on the use of wild animals in circuses. Animal Defenders International, Captive Animals Protection Society, Animal Aid, Four Paws and Born Free are all boycotting the consultation, which closes April 25.
Last month, many people were understandably misled by a government statement which declared that “wild animals will no longer be made to perform in travelling circuses” and that they would be looking to … 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.
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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Wearing little more than painted-on tiger stripes and holding a sign that reads, “The Cruellest Show on Earth – Ban Wild Animals in Circuses”, Celebrity Big Brother star and PETA friend Chantelle Houghton joined PETA in front of the Houses of Parliament to call on the government to ban the use of wild animals in circuses. The action came a day before a scheduled debate in Parliament in response to the government’s failure to implement a ban last month. The rejection was purportedly based on European Union legal concerns, but the European … Read more.
PETA, alongside the majority of UK animal protection organisations, has signed a joint letter to David Cameron calling for him to reverse his decision not to ban wild animals in circuses.
The letter, which can be read in full here, was sent to Mr Cameron in advance of a debate in Parliament scheduled for next Wednesday. The debate has been secured by Labour MP Rob Flello, and MPs from all parties will be in attendance to put pressure on the government to reverse the decision not to implement a ban.
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