Animal Defenders International


Animal Defenders International

Stop Circus Suffering UK

Posted: 15 July 2008. Updated: 19 July 2018

Update: A Private Members Bill from Conservative MP Kevin Foster is due for its Second Reading on 24 February 2017. Find out more »

The campaign to end wild animals in circuses

Keep up-to-date with ADI’s campaign, and read how we’ve been fighting a long, hard battle to end the use of wild animals in circuses in the UK here

Government consultation on licensing, promises of a ban, and excuses

Read about how the government pushed ahead with its licensing scheme, its promise of a ban on the use of wild animals in circuses and how they have been stalling on this issue for years here. An end is hopefully in sight with an implementation date of December 2015 proposed for a ban on wild animals in circuses.

Animal circuses

ADI has exposed circus cruelty in countless UK circuses and in some cases been able to bring the perpetrators to justice. Read, for example, about the historic Chipperfield trial, the aftermath of which led the industry to become a shadow of its former self; the horrific brutality inflicted on Anne the elephant at the Bobby Roberts Super Circus and the violent abuse of three elephants at the Great British Circus.

Bobby Roberts Super Circus and Anne the elephant
Great British Circus
Circus Mondao
Peter Jolly’s Circus
Thomas Chipperfield
Other circuses

Local bans

Over 200 local authorities have bans on the use of animals in circuses in place. More than two thirds of these ban all performing animals, the remainder ban just wild animals. When a local authority is reviewing their policy concerning the use of animals, ADI provides written/oral evidence in support of a ban. Read more…

Get the facts about the use of animals in circuses

‘Animals in Travelling Circuses: The Science on Suffering’ report
View PDF here
View in html here

See also:
Everything you need to know about the use of animals in circuses
Wild animals in circuses? Questions and answers
Evidence of suffering and abuse
Circuses and the UK Animal Welfare Bill

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