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144 MPs sign up for ban of animals in circuses

Posted: 20 June 2006

142 MPs have signed up to a ban on the use of animals in travelling circuses in the Animal Welfare Bill putting their signatures to an Early Day Motion (EDM) tabled by MP Mike Hancock for Animal Defenders International (ADI). The Bill is currently in the House of Lords and will go to its third reading later this year.

Jan Creamer, Chief Executive of ADI, said: “The growing support from MPs shows our campaign has struck a chord with many in the House of Commons. ADI’s latest briefing on “The science on suffering” for the House of Lords cites scientific studies that show how the transportation and confinement of animals gives rise to the greatest suffering. These findings are confirmed by ADI’s empirical evidence gathered in March and April of this year from UK circuses.”

Click here to see EDM 1626 ANIMAL WELFARE (NO. 2)

Click here to read ADI’s ‘The science on suffering’ briefing for the House of Lords

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Animal Defenders International (ADI)

  • With offices in London and San Francisco, Animal Defenders International (ADI) is a major international campaigning group, working to protect animals peacefully and lawfully.
  • Both the UK and Scottish Parliaments have now committed to ban certain wild animals in travelling circuses. Approximately 200 local authorities in the UK have banned all animal acts on council land.
  • In Europe Austria has banned wild animals in circuses and 20 Croatian towns have followed suit. A six-year campaign by ADI secured new regulations in over 160 countries concerning the cross border movements of endangered species with animal circuses.
  • ADI has circus campaigns currently running in Europe in the UK, Ireland, Norway, Portugal and Greece; in the USA and in Chile, South America, with launches to follow in Peru, Columbia, Brazil and Bolivia this year. Our evidence has been used in Costa Rica and Singapore to secure national prohibitions on the use of wild animals in circuses.
  • ADI has rescued and relocated a number of circus animals including: lions, tigers, horses, dogs, a python and chimpan

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