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Ban of animal circuses gathers support from MPs and celebrities

Posted: 3 March 2006

An Early Day Motion (EDM) tabled by MP Mike Hancock for Animal Defenders International (ADI) calls for the Animal Welfare Bill to include a ban on the use of animals in circuses. So far 47 MPs have signed it as a result of supporters approaching their MPs for signatures. Remaining Stages of the Animal Welfare Bill in the House of Commons will take place on Tuesday, 14 March 2006.

A host of celebrity followers - Alexei Sayle, Jilly Cooper, Uri Geller, Helen Chamberlain, Julia McKenzie, Lynsey De Paul, Wendy Turner Webster, Meg Mathews, Imelda Staunton and Mark Radcliffe – are also backing ADI’s drive for a ban.

Jan Creamer, Chief Executive of ADI, said: “Our parliamentary campaign focuses on the conditions in which circus animals are kept, as these fail the standards of welfare that is at the heart of the Animal Welfare Bill. The emphasis is on travelling circuses, because these are the circumstances that give rise to the greatest suffering.”

MPs that have signed EDM 1626 include:

  • Diane Abbott, MP for Hackney North and Stoke Newington
  • John Austin, MP for Erith and Thamesmead
  • Norman Baker, MP for Lewes
  • Annette Brooke, MP for mid-Dorset and Poole North
  • Colin Burgon, MP for Elmet
  • Martin Caton, MP for Gower
  • Colin Challen, MP for Morley and Rothwell
  • Harry Cohen, MP for Leyton and Wanstead
  • Frank Cook, MP for Stockton North
  • Rosie Cooper, MP for West Lancashire
  • Jeremy Corbyn, MP for Islington North
  • Ann Cryer, MP for Keighley
  • John Cummings, MP for Easington
  • Janet Dean, MP for Burton
  • Jim Devine, MP for Livingston
  • Andrew Dismore, MP for Hendon
  • Jim Dowd, Lewisham West
  • David Drew, MP for Stroud
  • Jeff Ennis, MP for Barnsley East & Mexborough
  • Bill Etherington, MP for Sunderland North
  • Paul Flynn, MP for Newport West
  • Don Foster, MP for Bath
  • Sharon Hodgson, MP for Gateshead East and Washington West
  • Martin Horwood, MP for Cheltenham
  • Lindsay Hoyle, MP for Chorley
  • Mike Hancock, MP for Portsmouth South
  • Paul Holmes, MP for Chesterfield
  • Mark Hunter, MP for Cheadle
  • Dr Lynne Jones, MP for Birmingham Selly Oak
  • Brian Jenkins MP for Tamworth
  • John Leech, MP for Manchester Withington
  • Alan Meale, MP for Mansfield
  • Madeline Moon, MP for Bridgend
  • Bill Olner, MP for Nuneaton
  • Sandra Osborne, MP for Ayr, Carrick and Cumnock
  • Albert Owen, Mp for Ynys Môn
  • Mike Penning, MP for Hemel Hempstead
  • Greg Pope MP for Hyndburn
  • Bob Russell, MP for Colchester
  • Adrian Sanders, MP for Torbay
  • Andrew Stunell, MP for Hazel Grove
  • Dr Rudi Vis, MP for Finchley & Golders Green
  • Ann Widdecombe, MP for Maidstone and The Weald
  • Betty Williams, MP for Conwy
  • Stephen Williams, MP for Bristol West
  • Roger Williams, MP for Brecon and Radnorshire
  • Mike Wood, MP for Batley and Spen

EDM 1626

Hancock, Mike Hoyle, Lindsay Russell, Bob
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.

_____________________________ENDS _____________________________

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