Animal Groups Condemn Circus Consultation Sham

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PETA has issued a statement with several other animal protection groups to announce that none will be participating in Defra’s shamefully biased consultation on the use of wild animals in circuses. Animal Defenders International, Captive Animals Protection Society, Animal Aid, Four Paws and Born Free are all boycotting the consultation, which closes April 25.

Last month, many people were understandably misled by a government statement which declared that “wild animals will no longer be made to perform in travelling circuses” and that they would be looking to “introduce primary legislation at the earliest opportunity”. In fact, Defra is actually pressing ahead with plans for a licensing scheme, and unlike the previous consultation, this time it is made up of a set of questions which ensure there is no opportunity to object to licensing and support a ban.

Prime Minister David Cameron continues to try every trick in the book to avoid implementing a ban even though 94 per cent of respondents to the previous 2010 consultation wanted an end to cruel form of entertainment, and last year, the MPs Backbench Committee concluded with a unanimous vote to relegate wild animal circuses to the history books.

Please don’t let Cameron get away with ignoring the wish of the British public and election officials to end this shameful cruelty. Sign PETA’s action alert to let the government know that it can’t legislate animal cruelty and to ban the use of wild animals in circuses now.


  • Ann Adamaki commented on April 24, 2012 at 6:36 pm

    Please we respectfully ask you to ban the use of wild animals in circuses now. They are taken away from their mothers at such a young age, tortured and abused just to be made to perform tricks which is totally alien to them. There is only shame to see wonderful majestic creatures like tigers and elephants performing these tricks and obviously they should be in the enviroment they were born to enjoy. Not kept in beast wagon 23 hours a day and then abused just to perform.
    The whole concept is heartbreaking not entertaining!!!!

  • Angie Winterbottom commented on April 25, 2012 at 6:26 am

    This is an utter disgrace. Once again we are being let down by an ineffectual government which doesn’t care. Dismayed.

  • Victoria commented on May 2, 2012 at 3:40 pm

    I am appalled that David Cameron continues with this tirade against measures to stop animal suffering. It is a far cry from the publicity near to the beginning of his campaign with him hugging a husky and styling himself as the ‘Green’ leadership.

  • John Bonser commented on May 6, 2012 at 8:10 pm

    What more can you expect? Cameron is fox hunt scum

  • Simon smith commented on May 14, 2012 at 4:08 pm

    Cameron is low life. This is a man who speaks openly of the thrill of the hunt when a so called hunting ban is in place. He ignores animal welfare issues, he absolutely disgusts me. It makes me so bloody mad he runs our country. Ugggghhhhh. Enough said .

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