Animal Defenders International


Animal Defenders International

Petition to back the bill to ban wild animal acts in British circuses by 2015

13578 people have signed this petition so far
Dear Prime Minister

I am extremely disappointed that a ban on the use of wild animals in circuses in Britain has yet to be passed, more than two years after the Government announced that it would prohibit such acts, three years after backbench MPs voted for such a ban, and repeated assurances that a ban would be passed, including from yourself personally.

In this time, Colombia, Belgium, Paraguay, El Salvador and Panama have all introduced nationwide bans. Meanwhile, in Britain, the number of wild circus animals has increased and big cats have returned to the big top.

Even with the best will in the world, it is simply not possible to fulfil the physical and psychological needs of wild animals in a travelling circus. In addition, wherever Animal Defenders International has conducted undercover investigations, they have documented brutal training methods and casual violence – such as the terrible beatings inflicted on Anne the elephant by a member of staff, evidence of which led to the conviction of her owner under the Animal Welfare Act.

There is no place for wild animals in circuses today and I urge you to fulfil the will of the public, and parliament, and support the Ten Minute Rule Bill introduced by Jim Fitzpatrick MP so that the promised ban can be delivered ahead of the 2015 General Election.

On behalf of the animals that, without legislative action, continue to suffer, thank you.

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