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Help ban wild animals in circuses in Scotland!

Posted: 3 October 2017. Updated: 6 October 2017


The bill to ban wild animals in circuses in Scotland is progressing through the Scottish Parliament so please contact your MSP today urging them to support the proposed legislation which would see Scotland become the first UK nation to stop circus suffering!

There are presently no circuses with wild animals based in Scotland, however, these have visited from England in recent years and until the new law is in place there is a risk they could come from further afield. Just last year, after The Netherlands banned wild animal acts, a circus travelled with three elephants some 500 miles, including a gruelling 20-hour ferry journey, to Ireland. This could happen in Scotland, especially as an increasing number of countries, 40 to date, have adopted restrictions on animal circus acts.

When Thomas Chipperfield brought his lions and tigers to overwinter in Fraserburgh a few years ago, ADI revealing the conditions in which the animals were forced to live, there was a public outcry. Prevented from performing in England over welfare failings, the big cat circus trainer went on to tour Wales and has since remained in Staffordshire where ADI again documented the animals living in cages on the back of a truck, with restricted access to an exercise area. This is no life for a wild animal and without a ban these poor big cats could once again be trucked up to Scotland.

One year when the Bobby Roberts Super Circus came to Scotland, Anne the elephant – who had been sick and in pain, ADI employing an expert vet to check on her – was shut in her transporter for over 17 hours for a journey of just 25 miles that took 45 minutes. Although Anne’s circus days are thankfully behind her after ADI revealed the terrible beatings and permanent chaining she was subjected to at the circus’ winter quarters, other animals continue to suffer as she did, confined in transporters for similarly long periods.

This is our chance to end the suffering once and for all. Please take action today!

Contact your MSP here, requesting that they support the swift passage of the bill to ban wild animals in travelling circuses through parliament. Please urge your friends and family to do so too.

Thank you so much for your help. Together we can secure the ban that the public want and the animals so desperately need.

To help ADI continue to expose circus suffering please donate here.

Latest news:

5 October 2017 - MSPs unanimously vote in support of the Wild Animals in Travelling Circuses (Scotland) Bill at its Stage 1 debate. ADI and supporters urged MSPs to back the ban ahead of the debate. As set out by the Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee, the committee responsible for scrutiny of the bill, a number of recommendations were proposed to “tighten up” the legislation.

The bill will now proceed to Stage 2 and undergo further scrutiny before being put to another vote in parliament.

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