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Call your MP or MSP to stop circus suffering today

Posted: 20 April 2006

Anyone who wants to see an end to the suffering of animals in travelling circuses needs to HELP TODAY.

Call, email, or write to your MP, ask them to sign EDM 1626, laid down by Mike Hancock MP, calling for a ban on the use of animals in travelling circuses, based on the evidence that the facilities provided by travelling circuses fail the animal welfare test at the heart of the Animal Welfare Bill.

Call, email, or write to your MSP, ask them to sign Motion S2M4237, tabled this week in Scottish Parliament by MSP Rosemary Byrne, in support of a ban.

Here are the texts:-

EDM 1626
ANIMAL WELFARE (NO. 2)
Hancock, Mike

That this House commends the work of Animal Defenders International in collecting video evidence of the abnormal behaviour and suffering of animals in travelling circus, and notes this shows that travelling circuses cannot adequately provide for the basic welfare needs of their animals and as such fail the welfare test of the Animal Welfare Bill; notes that circus animals spend excessive periods of time shut in transporters, whether travelling or not, are forced to live in temporary facilities lacking appropriate space and environmental enrichment, and often in inappropriate groupings of animals; further notes that violence is commonplace and part of the circus culture, and no other working animals spend such a long time, normally at least eight months, in temporary mobile accommodation, thus making animal transport regulations difficult to police and enforce, and that the arrangements for circus animals are entirely different from the higher quality accommodation and transport arrangements of animals being transported for racing, horse shows, dog shows and similar events; and therefore urges that the Animal Welfare Bill is used to end the use of animals in travelling circuses and to take measures to protect performing animals in permanent facilities through regulation and to end the currently legal use of violence to train animals for the purposes of entertainment.

S2M-4237 Ms Rosemary Byrne: Animal Defenders International - That the Parliament commends the work of Animal Defenders International in collecting video evidence of the abnormal behaviour and suffering of animals in travelling circuses; notes that this shows that travelling circuses cannot adequately provide for the basic welfare needs of their animals and as such fail the welfare test of the Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Bill; notes that circus animals, whether travelling or not, spend excessive periods of time shut in transporters and are forced to live in temporary facilities lacking appropriate space and environmental enrichment and often in inappropriate groupings of animals; further notes that violence is commonplace and part of the circus culture, that no other working animals spend such a long time, normally at least eight months, in temporary mobile accommodation, thus making animal transport regulations difficult to police and enforce and that the arrangements for circus animals are entirely different from the higher quality accommodation and transport arrangements of animals being transported for racing, horse shows, dog shows and similar events; welcomes the recent announcement made by the Scottish Executive to ban certain species of animals in circuses; considers that the Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Bill should ban the use of all animals in circuses, as wild and domestic animals suffer equally, and calls for the end of the use of violence to train animals for the purposes of entertainment.

ADI believes that this may be the last chance for domesticated species to be protected from travelling circuses. Please help us today.

Click here for your MP’s contact details, and to email your MP.

Click here for more information on the problems of animals in circuses.

Click here to see which MPs have signed EDM 1626 so far.

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