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Peers call for animal circus ‘ban with exemptions’ under Animal Welfare Bill

Posted: 26 October 2006


This week at the Report Stage of the Animal Welfare Bill in the House of Lords, an amendment tabled by Baroness Miller of Chilthorne Domer on behalf of ADI, received cross-party support. Baroness Byford, Lord Kirkhill, Baroness Fookes, the Countess of Mar and Lord Christopher all backed the amendment (no.6), which proposed that instead of reviewing evidence to ban some circus animals it would be simpler to licence certain species or circus acts.

Animal Defenders International (ADI) is part of the Circus Working Group (CWG) set up by Minister Ben Bradshaw with a view to introducing secondary legislation on the use of animals in circuses in 2007. The CWG will start to look at scientific evidence in November.

Jan Creamer, ADI chief executive, said: “As those of us in the Circus Working Group (CWG) will not start to submit evidence to the academic panel until 21st November, the change proposed by our amendment would not pose any practical difficulties to the Group. The growing consensus is that it would be more straightforward to licence than to ban.”

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