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The campaign to end wild animals in circuses in the UK

Posted: 31 May 2012. Updated: 1 July 2014

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Circus madness – the suffering of Britain’s last performing big cats revealed

Government inaction to bring in a ban on wild animals in British circuses is taking its toll. Animals from Jolly’s Circus have been filmed by ADI exhibiting behaviour which indicates they are not coping with their unnatural lives. Find out more and take action!

Urge your MP to sign EDM 60 today!

Please call on your MP to sign EDM 60 today - we must move quickly if we are to secure the wild animal circus ban before the General Election. Take action!

Help push through British circus ban - urgent action

Please contact your MP today and urge them to support EDM 1301 which calls on the government to reassert its commitment to the ban. Take action!

ADI calls for wild animal circus ban in Scottish consultation

ADI has called for a ban on the use of wild animals in travelling circuses, on both ethical and welfare grounds, in its detailed response to the Scottish Government’s consultation. Read more...

"banish circuses with wild animal acts from Scotland” says Gillian McKeith

As the circus consultation in Scotland came to a close, Scottish nutritionist, presenter and writer Gillian McKeith urged the public to have their say. Read more...

United Call for Circus Ban Leads to Commitment From Prime Minister

The Prime Minister has made a firm commitment to take action on bringing in the circus ban after 75 celebrities and politicians united with ADI to take action on the issue on 9th April 2014. Read more / Take action

Have your say on whether wild animals in circuses should be banned in Scotland

We need you to speak out for the animals and in favour of a circus ban to ensure that the suffering stops - find out more about the Scottish consultation and how you can take part here

Scotland launches circus consultation

The long-awaited consultation on “Should the use of wild animals in travelling circuses be banned in Scotland?” was launched on January 23rd, 2014. ADI will be presenting evidence on why a ban SHOULD be introduced, and will be guiding supporters on how they can respond. The deadline to the consultation is April 16th.

Defra response to circus report “does not go far enough to safeguard wild animals”

ADI has expressed its disappointment that Defra’s response to the report by the EFRA Select Committee on the draft Wild Animals in Circuses Bill does not go far enough to safeguard the welfare of wild animals in circuses. Read more / Take action

No escape from the circus for wild animals despite ban

ADI reveals that a loophole in the legislation to ban wild animals in circuses will allow circuses to continue touring with wild animals, making a mockery of the legislation. Read more / Take action

ADI reveals return of big cat act to English circus

ADI reveals that a new lion and tiger act presented by Thomas Chipperfield has joined Jolly’s Circus. Read more...

Big cats to return to England, despite proposed circus ban

Concerns raised by ADI that new wild animal acts could come into the country ahead of the proposed circus ban have been realised after it was reported in the media that a big cat act trained by Thomas Chipperfield is set to perform in a new circus in England. Read more...

Don’t let the British circus ban be watered down!

Circus ban under threat following the publication of recommendations by EFRA, the government committee responsible for reviewing the Bill, who has stated that the ban should only apply to elephants and big cats, which no longer perform in British circuses. Read more...

ADI opposes call by EFRA to water down promised wild animal circus ban

ADI has today expressed its profound disappointment that the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee (EFRA), in their report on the draft Wild Animals in Circuses Bill, suggests that the wild animal ban could be watered down. Read more...

Welsh Assembly pledges support for wild animal circus ban

ADI has applauded the Welsh Assembly for pledging its support for a ban on the use of wild animals in circuses, following the Coalition Government unveiling of legislation for a ban on such acts in England. Read more...

Released documents show circuses’ disregard for their animals’ needs

Newly released inspection reports and licence applications for the two remaining circuses with wild animals in Britain reveal a number of omissions and breaches, and raise a number of welfare concerns. Read more...

British circus ban: still work to do

There is still work to be done to ban the use of wild animals in British circuses. This week ADI presented our submission to the Government Committee that is scrutinising the draft Bill. Overall it is a good Bill and it is important that it moves forward. Read more...

Help make British animal circus ban a reality

The British government has announced a ban on the use of wild animals in circuses, to be introduced by 1 December 2015, but it is not the end of the road yet. Read more...

Government to ban wild animals in circuses from 2015

ADI welcomes today’s announcement by the Government to end the use of wild animals in circuses but is disappointed however it will be December 2015 before the ban is introduced. Read more...

Defra grant licences to circuses with wild animals

Following ADI’s revelation that Circus Mondao was touring with wild animals without a licence, Defra has since confirmed that licences were issued to both Circus Mondao and Peter Jolly’s Circus on 13th March 2013. Read more...

Circus on tour with wild animals as costly licensing scheme fails to issue licences

The costly licensing scheme for wild animals in circuses, which became effective in January, has failed to issue licences to the two circuses that have applied to include wild animals in their circus tours. Circus Mondao is already travelling with camels, which are classed as exotic animals and are therefore covered by the new licensing scheme. Read more...

Welsh government reaffirms support for circus ban

When ADI met with Welsh Minister John Griffiths to discuss our objections to the use of wild animals in circuses, we were heartened that the Minister reaffirmed his support for a ban on wild animals in circuses. Read more...

Help ensure the Government acts now to ban wild animals in circuses!

A ban on the use of wild animals in circuses has been promised by the Coalition government but time is running out – we need your help to ensure that legislation is tabled before the next election. Take action!

Urgent action on wild animals in circuses!

Please ask your MP to support MP Thomas Docherty’s Wild Animals in Circuses Bill, which will have its second reading on 18 January 2013. Read more...

Government must ban wild animals in circuses as law fails Anne the elephant

The decision to release circus owner Bobby Roberts with a conditional discharge, despite being convicted of cruelty to Anne the elephant, has fuelled calls for the Government to bring forward a ban on the use of wild animals in circuses. Read more...

DEFRA to waste nearly £300,000 of public money on unwanted scheme

ADI is appalled to hear that DEFRA plans to spend £261,000 on developing a licensing scheme for wild animals in circuses, when the majority of members of parliament (63%) and members of the public (94.5%) have already stated that they want to see a ban. Read more...

MP quizzes Defra on wild animals in circuses

Mike Hancock MP is helping to keep the pressure on government by asking Defra parliamentary questions on the use of wild animals in circuses and their new licensing regime. Read more...

Launch of new Bill on Wild Animal in Circuses

Member of Parliament Thomas Docherty, supported by MPs Mary Glindon, Angela Smith, Iain McKenzie, Andy Slaughter, Susan Elan Jones and Jim Fitzpatrick has thrown down the gauntlet to the Government, with his launch of a new Bill on Wild Animals in Circuses. Read more...

ADI challenges Defra secrecy over its circus inspection reports – GBC report made public

Following the Government’s insistence last year that they favoured an inspection and licensing regime for wild animals in travelling circuses, Animal Defenders International (ADI) submitted a request to Defra (Department of Environment, Food & Rural Affairs), for access to their inspection reports for travelling circuses. The request was refused. Read more...

ADI leads new parliamentary initiative to introduce circus ban

With the UK government continuing to drag its feet over the introduction of a ban on the use of wild animals in circuses ADI, together with a group of amazing MPs, leads the political charge to insist that the government brings in a ban at the earliest opportunity. Read more…

Government blocks access to circus inspection reports

ADI accuses the Government of a lack of transparency and of using blocking tactics in their refusal to allow access to Government circus inspection reports. Read more…

New report shows how animal circuses are duping welfare inspectors

ADI releases a new report showing how animal circuses have duped welfare inspectors from Defra, local authorities and the RSPCA. The report shows not only that a regulatory and inspection system is doomed to failure but also presents legal arguments showing that the Government is in a position to prohibit the use of wild animals in circuses, whilst introducing a regulatory system for domesticated species. Read more…

Government reveals plan to defy backbenchers on wild animal circus ban

The Coalition Government risks incensing cross-party MPs after dismissing calls to ban the use of wild animals in circuses, and effectively ignoring the Commons Debate and its unanimous call for a ban in June. Read more…

ADI meets new circus team at Defra

Despite the debate in the House of Commons in June, that resulted in a motion directing the Government to ban the use of wild animals in circuses before July 2012, recent Ministerial statements have indicated that Defra intend to pursue a licensing system instead. Read more…

Supporters join ADI in mass lobby as MPs vote for circus ban

Following ADI’s very successful mass lobbying event involving over 30 of our loyal supporters and a highly charged one sided Commons Debate and free vote, the Government has been left in absolutely no doubt that the public and the House of Commons demands an outright ban on the use of wild animals in circuses rather than a system of licensing. Read more…

Parliament votes for animal circus ban

In a historic victory for animal welfare and protection, over 50 MPs from all the major parties voted unanimously for an outright ban on the use of wild animals in circuses, proving that there is an overwhelming political will for the ban. Read more…

Senior Tories write to Prime Minister to request Government reconsiders wild animal circus ban

Joint open letter to Prime Minister from Conservative politicians request that the Government reconsiders decision not to implement an outright ban on the use of wild animals in circuses.Read more…

Celebrities bring wild animal circus ban fight to Parliament for crucial commons debate

In advance of the crucial Commons Debate to discuss a ban on the use of wild animals in circuses tomorrow, ADI and high profile supporters and celebrities are once again calling on the Government to reconsider their recent decision not to implement an outright ban on the use of wild animals in circuses, and to now vote for a ban. Read more…

Charities urge Prime Minister to review circus ban decision

ADI has joined together with other major UK animal protection charities to write to David Cameron to urge the Prime Minister to “ensure the coalition government reviews its recent decision not to prohibit the use of wild animals in circuses.” Read more…

Why self-regulating circuses cannot work

ADI outlines why the self-regulation of animals in circuses cannot work. Read more…

7 in 10 people back ban on wild animals in circuses

Independent online poll carried out by YouGov finds a massive 72% of the public back a ban on wild animals in circuses. Read more…

Public and MPs unite in call for circus animal ban

With a government announcement expected “imminently” regarding how to regulate the use of wild animals in UK circuses, ADI’s Stop Circus Suffering campaign has stepped up a gear to push for a complete ban on the use of wild animals in circuses. Read more…

Animal Welfare Minister Urged to Stop UK Circus Suffering

In a show of unity, ADI representatives and over 20 MPs from all political persuasions gathered today at Parliament to pledge their commitment to securing a ban on the use of wild animals in UK circuses. Read more…

Self-regulation for UK circuses – are they serious?

ADI releases a new video depicting the abuse of wild animals in several UK circuses as the government further considers self regulation. Read more…

ADI attends party conferences

A team from the ADI office attended the Conservative, Labour and Lib Dem party conferences to promote our campaigns on wild animals in circuses as well as the fur industry in Europe, household and cosmetic products testing on animals and the recently approved European directive on animal experimentation. An update of our UK Stop Circus Suffering video, with new footage from inside British circuses, was premiered. Read more…

ADI parliamentary presentation on animals in circuses

ADI presses ahead with campaign to ban wild animals in circuses with a presentation to the Associate Parliamentary Group for Animal Welfare (APGAW). The presentation included footage from our undercover expose of the Great British Circus. Read more…

Circus suffering: never again

A year on, and the UK public are more than ever behind a ban on wild animals in circuses… but it is in danger of slipping away due to political inaction. Read more…

Pursuit for legislation gains political will

Though the UK has in the past been slow to respond to the public’s growing concerns over the use of animals in circuses, new legislation is widely expected to be introduced in the near future. Read more…

Circus ban back on the agenda

Our expose of the horrific abuse of elephants at the Great British Circus puts wild animals in circuses back on the political agenda, leading to a formal public consultation on the issue. Read more…

ADI deliver Defra consultation responses

ADI had the pleasure of delivering hundreds of responses collected from street stalls and ADI events over the duration of the public consultation on the use of animals in circuses. Read more…

Stop Circus Suffering benefit gig

ADI supporter holds benefit gig in Rochford to raise funds for our Stop Circus Suffering campaign. Read more…

More UK circus elephants…still no government action

This year, the Great British Circus has imported three elephants from Germany. The move shows the damage caused by the Government’s prevarication over the ban on wild animal acts, three years after it was promised in Parliament. Read more…

Elephants back in UK circus after 10 years

Supporters of ADI have been outraged that the Great British Circus is using elephants in its 2009 show. It’s the first time in more than ten years that an elephant act has come to the UK to perform. Read more…

Wild animals in circuses: the way forward

A reception at the House of Commons brought together MPs of all parties to discuss animals in circuses and press the Government to fulfil its commitment to ban the use of wild animals in travelling circuses. Read more…

Contact your MP TODAY and ensure that they sign EDM 965!

EDM calls for the Government to maintain its commitment to ban the use of wild animals in travelling circuses and to restrict the use of domesticated animals through the implementation of a strict licensing system. Read more…

Circus report dissected

Circus Working Group report found to be not only inconclusive, but also contradictory and admits that huge amounts of evidence were simply not looked at. ADI Chief Executive condemns group an utter waste of time. Read more…

Download PDF of our response to the Circus Working Group report here
Read Jan’s blog on the report here

Call your MP or MSP to stop circus suffering today

Please contact your MP and ask them to sign EDM 1626 calling for a ban on the use of animals in travelling circuses. If you live in Scotland, please contact your MSP and ask them to sign Motion S2M4237 in support of a ban. Read more…

Statement from ADI: Veracity of MORI Opinion Poll

Chief Executive Jan Creamer responds to circus industry claim that ADI MORI poll has been withdrawn. Read more…

Animal Welfare Bill – ADI position on circus animals

Although ADI welcomes the UK Government’s movement on the issue of travelling circus animals within the Animal Welfare Bill, we believe that the Government’s proposal will be difficult for industry and public to understand, leaving the welfare of many animals with travelling circuses unprotected. Read more…

First ever eye witness accounts to circus cruelty live on internet

For the first time film clips of violence inside circuses are live on the internet on the ADI website for MPs deliberating on the Animal Welfare Bill to view the evidence that has been amassed. Read more…

Wendy Turner Webster whips up support for ban on the use of animals in circuses

TV presenter Wendy Turner-Webster, dressed as a circus ring master, backs campaign to end the use of all animals in circuses. Read more…

Spot our van!

ADI’s campaigning van is touring London and the South East as part of our latest drive for the Animal Welfare Bill to stop circus animal misery. Read more…

Animal Circuses and the Animal Welfare Bill: vote to stop the beatings

The Animal Welfare Bill presents an opportunity to end one of the most archaic and unpopular uses of animals – in travelling circuses. Whilst the Bill will need to get to grips with ending the ill treatment of animals in other sectors of the entertainment industry through regulation – the area of travelling circuses is one where MPs can act decisively and with full public support. Read more…

Urgent call to help end the suffering of animals in UK circuses

Please ask your MP to support amendments to the Animal Welfare Bill to ban the use of animals in travelling circuses. Read more…

Animal Circuses and the Animal Welfare Bill: vote to stop the beatings

The Animal Welfare Bill presents an opportunity to end one of the most archaic and unpopular uses of animals – in travelling circuses. Read more…

Turning a blind eye to domestic violence?

There is an overwhelming case that ‘wild’ animals should be banned from circuses, but clearly ‘domestic’ species are not immune to suffering. The Animal Welfare Bill needs to protect these animals too. Read more…

Animal Welfare Bill

The Animal Welfare Bill…an opportunity to end the archaic use of travelling circuses in the UK, and stop the violence employed in training animals in the entertainment industry. Read more…

MORI Poll shows overwhelming support for ban on animal circuses

A MORI Opinion Poll commissioned by ADI on public attitudes towards animal circuses reveals that 80% say ban all wild animal circus acts; 65% say ban all animal circus acts and 90% are against whipping and beating when training circus animals. Read more…

Animal Welfare Bill to be unveiled today, coinciding with increased calls to ban animal circuses

ADI awaits what could be the most important piece of animal protection legislation in decades. Read more…

Defra says it will not ban wild animal acts

In a baffling statement, Defra has rejected almost all of the Select Committee recommendations on animal circuses. Read more…

Select Committee says ban wild animal acts

The Select Committee reviewing the draft Animal Welfare Bill concerned that Defra proposals do not go further. Read more…

Overwhelming majority says change Animal Welfare Bill to ban circus animals

In a survey commissioned by ADI, 63% agree that the use of performing animals in circuses should be banned. Read more…

Shocking video of animal cruelty presented to Prime Minister

TV presenter Wendy Turner Webster presents shocking new video detailing the suffering of animals in circuses to 10 Downing Street. Read more…

Animals in UK Circuses

ADI welcomes Government’s initiative to overhaul existing animal welfare legislation, including the Protection of Animals Acts, and the Performing Animals (Regulation) Act 1925. Read more…

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