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Media Alert: Commons Debate and Media Call on Wild Animals in Circuses

Posted: 22 June 2011

Cross Party Commons Debate tomorrow and media call as pressure builds on Government to implement a ban on the use of wild animals in circuses

The Government is facing a potential defeat over its refusal to ban wild animals from circuses in a crunch vote in the Commons tomorrow, says Animal Defenders International (ADI).

Mark Pritchard MP, Jim Fitzpatrick MP and Bob Russell MP have secured a three hour backbench cross party debate to discuss the issue. Immediately afterwards a vote is expected to be taken urging that the Coalition Government uses its powers to introduce a regulation banning the use of all wild animals in circuses.

This debate will provide politicians with the perfect opportunity to take a strong stand against the Government’s recent decision not to implement an outright ban and will demonstrate to the Prime Minister the depth of feeling with regard to this important animal welfare issue.

Jan Creamer, Chief Executive of ADI said: “We are encouraged that Government continues to be put under intense scrutiny regarding their recent flawed decision, and are hopeful that the politicians will attend the debate and vote in favour of a ban, applying intense pressure on the Government to reconsider their position during this crucial time.”

The Backbench Debate will take place in the Chamber on Thursday 23 June commencing at 3pm and running to 6pm.

ADI is co-ordinating a media call in advance of the debate, involving key cross party political figures, ADI spokespeople and supporters who are attending the debate. Interview and photo opportunities will be available.

WHAT: Media call: Mary Creagh MP (Labour), Shadow Environment Secretary of State, Mark Pritchard MP (Conservative), Zac Goldsmith MP (Conservative), Neil Parish MP (Conservative), Gavin Shuker MP (Labour), Defra Minister, Jim Fitzpatrick MP (Labour), Former Defra Minister, Caroline Lucas MP (Green Party), Bob Russell MP (Liberal Democrat), Jan Creamer, ADI Chief Executive, a selection of ADI supporters, ADI banner.
WHERE: College Green (opposite Parliament), Abingdon Street, Westminster, London, SWIP
WHEN: Thursday 23 June, 12.50 pm
Media Contact: Phil Buckley, Media Relations Director, Animal Defenders International, 07716 018250, 0207 630 3344,



Last month, ADI released the results of its independent online poll carried out by YouGov, which asked impartial participants aged over 18 to what extent they would support or oppose a ban on the use of wild animals in circuses. A massive 72% of the public backed a ban with only 8% against – almost 3 out 4 members of the public want a ban.

Last year, a survey by Defra (Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) resulted in a huge 94.5% public support for a ban on the use of wild animals in circuses.

A recent parliamentary poll conducted by ADI found that 63% of MPs would like to see a ban on the use of wild animals in circuses and only 14% disagreed.
Politically there is cross-party support for a ban, with 198 MPs from all parties having signed EDM 403 calling for a ban, making this the 7th most signed EDM in Parliament out of 1790 motions tabled.

National measures to prohibit or limit the use of animals in circuses have been adopted in Austria, Bolivia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Hungary, India, Israel, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Sweden, Singapore, and Taiwan. Local bans have also been implemented in Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, and Chile.


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