Dougray Scott Calls On Scotland to Ban Wild Animals in Circuses

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Dougray Scott knows a thing or two about life in the entertainment industry. And he knows that wild animals don’t belong in it.

The Scottish star, known for his roles in Mission: Impossible II, Hitman, Desperate Housewives and Hemlock Grove, has written to Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs, Food and Environment Richard Lochhead urging him to initiate the process of creating new legislation for a complete ban on archaic wild animal circuses in Scotland.


He wrote:

I am writing … to urge you to implement a ban on the use of wild animals in circuses in Scotland without delay.

I recently learned that the overwhelming majority (98 per cent!) of people who responded to the government’s public consultation on circuses supported a complete ban on the use of wild animals in travelling circuses. That doesn’t surprise me. Animals who are used by circuses are robbed of everything that is natural and important to them. They often spend their lives in tiny cages and in transit from one location to another. They’re forced to perform meaningless and often painful tricks – and many of them are repeatedly beaten and punished. Our understanding of wild animals has come a long way, and we now know that a circus environment can never meet their complex needs.

Fortunately, it’s been years since any circus tried to palm off beaten-down animals on the Scottish public, so it should be easy for our government to make a ban official. A permanent prohibition on animal circuses in Scotland would send a powerful message without affecting the local economy.

Austria, Belgium, Croatia and Estonia are among the many enlightened European countries that have laws or regulations against the use of wild animals in circuses. Please help ensure that Scotland follows in their footsteps by initiating the process of creating new legislation for a complete ban on the use of animals in circuses.

Now’s the time for the Scottish government to take action in support of the will of the people and send circuses that use wild animals packing. Please join Dougray by sending a quick message to Scotland’s Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs, Food and Environment asking him to implement a ban without delay.


  • Julia Moore commented on September 17, 2015 at 7:10 pm

    Stop animal experiments

  • premita pillay commented on September 17, 2015 at 8:45 pm


  • Maria wood commented on September 17, 2015 at 9:49 pm

    Please please stop this cruelty to animals they do not belong in circus”s or for our entertainment etc etc , we should leave all animals in their natural environment they are not for us to use as we please , Our God created everything for a good purpose . Leave them where they should be , I have or would not go to see any animals which are forced to entetain ,it is so wrong .thank you .

  • Rachael commented on October 1, 2015 at 4:46 am

    No animals in circuses – they have NO VOICE NO CHOICE are kept in cages and moved from place to place forced to perform for our entertainment. It is not entertainment when they are hit, struck, electric prodded, starved and forced to do tricks that are outside their natural behaviour. These animals can be kept for up to 30 years – why do we think we have the right to take away their freedom. This has to stop let them be animals and free. Boycott these circuses – take a stand if the number of public attending decreases so does the revenue and so does the business. This is ANIMAL CRUELTY not entertainment.

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