James Brokenshire has welcomed legislation to ban the use of wild animals in travelling circuses. The Wild Animals in Circuses Bill means that circus operators in England will no longer be able to use wild animals as part of a travelling circus.
The Bill to ban wild animals in circuses has finished its passage through the House of Commons and will now progress to the House of Lords. This follows a commitment in February 2018 to introduce a ban by the time the existing interim licensing regulations expire in January 2020.
Some of the animals which currently perform in circuses include reindeer, zebras and camels. The use of wild animals in travelling circuses has no place in modern society and does not further the conservation or our understanding of wild animals.
Commenting on the ban, James said:
“I am pleased that this legislation will ban the outdated use of performing wild animals in circuses and I know this is a very important issue close to many of my constituent’s hearts who have previously written to me on this issue.”
“This ban builds on other measures the Government have taken to strengthen our position as a world leader on animal welfare and honour our manifesto commitment to leave our environment in a better state than we inherited it. Other measures introduced to protect and improve the lives of animals include the ban of ivory sales to protect elephants, the protection of service animals through Finn’s Law and the ban of unscrupulous third-party puppy and kitten sales.”