Hurrah! Government Finally Acts to Ban Wild Animals in Circuses!

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At last – wild-animal circuses are to become a thing of the past in England! On Tuesday, a draft bill was tabled in Parliament to stop circuses using animals beginning in 2015 – a move that all British people can celebrate.

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This means that, in this country, no more wild animals will be abused in the ring in the name of entertainment. No more elephants, camels or zebras will be denied everything that is natural and important to them, confined to cages or boxcars and dragged around the country and forced to perform demeaning and often painful tricks for human amusement.

This legislation has been a long time coming. David Cameron was instructed by Parliament to get wild animals out of circuses in 2011, but he dragged his heels in implementing the ban – despite overwhelming support for it among the British public. A 2011 Defra consultation saw 94 per cent of respondents, including the British Veterinary Association, backing an end to this archaic form of entertainment.

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Today, though, the government seems finally to have listened and has decided to do the right thing for animals. Well done, and thank you to the thousands of you who wrote to David Cameron about the ban – your actions have paid off! It’s time for animal abusers to pack their bags and wave goodbye to wild-animal circuses for good – a huge step forward for animals and for a more compassionate Britain.

Comments

  • maureen msrtin commented on April 16, 2013 at 2:14 pm

    Its about time these animals dont get force by beatings 2 perform.

  • annie bode commented on April 16, 2013 at 2:42 pm

    All animals deserve kindness and respect.

  • john greaves commented on April 16, 2013 at 3:15 pm

    Woo hoo great news hhhhoooorrraayyyy. Xx

  • janette hall commented on April 16, 2013 at 3:23 pm

    hurray! its about time too despicable places circuses …

  • Eliza Amiryan commented on April 16, 2013 at 3:47 pm

    GREAT!!!!! Let peace rule the world

  • Swan commented on April 16, 2013 at 5:31 pm

    So now what happens to the animals in captivity ? Any plans made for them? Or is this law passed to gratify ourselves ? Most of the animals in circuses were bred in captivity, and could not be released in the wild! Are they going to be put in cages in zoos , or are they going to be put to sleep ?

    • Saffie commented on April 22, 2013 at 9:43 am

      There are far worse things for an animal than humane euthanasia. eg. being kept in unnatural, stressful conditions that ignore their basic needs and condemn them to a life of misery.

    • Katherine Ansell commented on May 7, 2013 at 12:36 pm

      There are many sanctuaries and animal parks that will be happy to take them. For example, Annie, the elephant who was abused in a circus for many years, is now living at Longleat.

  • Donna McConnell commented on April 16, 2013 at 9:28 pm

    Excellent news!! Finally!!!

  • Bridget Doonan commented on April 17, 2013 at 6:36 am

    Animals are not here on this planet to ‘entertain’ unthinking or insensitive humans or to provide income to to other unscrupulous ones by forfeiting their right to a decent natural life and instead being confined and tormented

  • Keiron commented on April 17, 2013 at 5:32 pm

    What will happen to the animals that are already in the circus?

  • Daniela commented on April 17, 2013 at 5:37 pm

    I hope this will happen in the us some day too!!! Way to go UK!!

  • Dave Palmer commented on April 17, 2013 at 5:43 pm

    Great news, but why have they got to wait until 2015 so that circus animals suffer for another 18 months?

  • Berenice commented on April 17, 2013 at 5:44 pm

    Please help pushing this change in Mexico. Here is also the land of animal cruelty. Domestic and wild animals suffer the ignorance, cruelty, interests and evil of the people.

  • Alejandra commented on April 17, 2013 at 5:55 pm

    Wow, congrats to UK! I can only wish that something this awesome can happen in Mexico :'(

  • Debbie Thorn commented on April 17, 2013 at 6:14 pm

    Yessssss congrats !!!!!! Now we need the same here to the States !!!!! it’s a shame and a horror how these wild animals are abused and treated as objects to make cash and not for the beauty of their mere existence !!

  • Kathleen Daley commented on April 17, 2013 at 6:15 pm

    Three cheers for the UK. Now, it would be wonderful if the USA would follow suit. Excelsior!

  • Sheryl Long commented on April 17, 2013 at 6:56 pm

    Come on USA!!! You must do this too!!!

  • Maxine Littlejohn commented on April 17, 2013 at 7:01 pm

    Brilliant..! Just need the rest of the world to follow now…!

  • Shereen commented on April 17, 2013 at 7:01 pm
  • Lisa Wilkinson commented on April 17, 2013 at 7:36 pm

    Yay! Now everyone should follow suit!

  • Kim Rollins commented on April 17, 2013 at 9:51 pm

    Love this- it’s about time humans stopped acting so selfish.

  • shirline commented on April 17, 2013 at 11:39 pm

    Excellent! The animals finally stop being the clowns and living under whips and tortures… We dun need entertainment from them… We demand absolute freedom for them! Go to where you belong! You are not our laughter!

  • Marianne Taylor commented on April 18, 2013 at 1:02 am

    It is great that this is really going to happen, but what I wonder is why do we need to wait until 2015? Otherwise, I am very happy that these beautiful animals will not be tortured anymore in circuses. They deserve to live a life of love and respect.

  • pauladurbin commented on April 18, 2013 at 1:31 am

    Thank God something has been done

  • Tanmayo commented on April 18, 2013 at 1:32 am

    I am delighted by this news and I have some concern as to what will happen to animals who are currently in the circus community? Is this legislation going to assist in finding home for them. Also much as I hate seeing animals in the circus I have also seen how loved many of those animals are. And as a child of course I loved the circus. We are evolving and i am glad and i do not want to place blame in places where it does not belong. I feel anxious that the animals through their owners are given support to re-home these dear creatures so they are not further abandoned and mistreated.

  • pauladurbin commented on April 18, 2013 at 1:32 am

    Thank Goodness something has been done. Let animals stay in their own habitats and don’t exploit them!!!

    • sarah commented on April 23, 2013 at 3:03 am

      YES Paula, I agree with you!!

  • Lori Robinson commented on April 18, 2013 at 3:22 am

    The wording concerns me because I don’t know enough about the new law. But are they saying they will no longer use animals captured in the wild or species that are wild or what. If this were in America, the circus owners would find a way to work around the words and use animals that they say are now tame and can not be returned to the wild and therefore are not wild. ???

    • Dan commented on April 18, 2013 at 8:14 am

      Hi Lori,
      My understanding is that wild refers to animals that aren’t traditionally domesticated in the UK, so all camels, zebras, lions, tigers and elephants, no matter how tame they are.
      Cheers,
      Dan

  • michelle commented on April 18, 2013 at 10:14 am

    This, is good news. One step closer to zero animal cruelty. :)

  • lani commented on April 18, 2013 at 3:55 pm

    This is so exciting and so overdue!!! Now…lets get US and the rest of the world to follow. We can do it…….. So proud of you England!!!!

  • Richard commented on April 18, 2013 at 8:11 pm

    I would point out that camels are a domesticated animal so presumably not covered by this bill.

    • Dan commented on April 19, 2013 at 8:33 am

      Camels are considered an exotic animal to the UK.

  • Harlen commented on April 18, 2013 at 11:48 pm

    OK everyone. One down, more to go. How do we get the US to follow suit?

  • xyz commented on April 22, 2013 at 10:06 am

    A drop in the ocean. How about the animals used in Chinese circuses?

  • xyz commented on April 22, 2013 at 10:06 am

    How about the dolphins butchered in Japan and not only?

  • Michael commented on April 22, 2013 at 2:58 pm

    There’s room for all Gods creatures,,right beside the potatoes !

  • sarah commented on April 23, 2013 at 3:01 am

    Why until 2015? why not now? what are they waiting for? Well 2015 is better than nothing, I guess. HOw can we get this movement started in the U.S.?

  • Bob Hurley commented on April 24, 2013 at 5:54 pm

    WE NEED TO LET THESE ANIMALS BE FREE.

  • Olivia commented on April 25, 2013 at 3:28 pm

    They need to sort this out in Europe they are worse than Britain

  • Frank commented on April 26, 2013 at 8:51 am

    We desperately need you in South Africa.

  • Isabel commented on April 27, 2013 at 9:44 am

    What about the animals in the circuses who are not wild? Are they being bred in captivity to be in the circus??

  • Barbara Edwards commented on May 1, 2013 at 3:16 pm

    Ashleigh and Pudsey allowed the world to see just how sentient animals are. This is having an add-on effects throughout the animals kingdom. People are looking at animals in a different way. Thank you God; for giving us Ashleigh and Pudsey. It’s a miracle!

  • Barbara Edwards commented on May 1, 2013 at 3:17 pm

    Ashleigh and Pudsey allowed the world to see just how sentient animals were. This is having add-on effects throughout the animals kingdom. People are looking at animals in a different way. Thank you God; for giving us Ashleigh and Pudsey. It’s a miracle!

  • Sam Dark commented on May 7, 2013 at 10:36 am

    The UK has started a precedent here and I truly hope other nations take note. Banning wild animals in circuses is just a start – should have been done a long time ago. But in the UK and in other nations there are still other pressing animal rights causes (puppy mills, factory farming, etc) to deal with. But this gives us good cause to celebrate today. A step in the right direction.
    Keep up the good work PETA!

  • Leela Tyagi commented on May 7, 2013 at 10:40 am

    This is wonderful News.What happens to all the Wild Animals that have been freed from these Circuses?
    I hope that something will be done about Zoos,too.

  • Kam commented on May 7, 2013 at 10:46 am

    FANTASTIC NEWS! THERE IS A GOD! AT LONG LAST .. HOPEFULLY THIS WILL EXTEND ACROSS THE WORLD .. AND ALL ANIMALS WILL BE ALLOWED TO LIVE IN PEACE AND HARMONY IN THEIR OWN NATURAL HABITATS! DOING THEIR OWN THING!!!! :-)

  • Diane Welsh commented on May 7, 2013 at 10:56 am

    This is awesomely wonderful news. Now to get Americans on board with this intellegent decision. Wow, it has been a long time coming, but never the less will change the history for potental animal cruelty in the future.

  • v-pow commented on May 7, 2013 at 11:26 am

    great news…made my day..but ew 2015..why not now? germany MUST do this, too

  • cliffj Josephson commented on May 7, 2013 at 11:35 am

    The greatest advancement in Animal Rights EVER EVER EVER. We must not STOP until all animals have the right to live and love their lives.

  • Clare Pomfrett commented on May 7, 2013 at 11:46 am

    What good news and not before time. Shame it will be a few years yet. Animals belong in the wild, to roam safe – lets stop poaching too for oriental medicines and the cause of all evil – money.

  • Clare Pomfrett commented on May 7, 2013 at 11:48 am

    Not before time, shame it won’t come into being for a long time. These beautiful animals shouldn’t be used like this.

  • Chris commented on May 7, 2013 at 12:26 pm

    Well it was about time,let’s see if the USA will follow the ban as well. Circuses in my eyes were always a torture to animals. 2015 why so late why couldn’t it started in 2014????

    • Ella commented on May 23, 2013 at 11:18 am

      I agree! At least it’s actually stopping. You do prove a very good point though :)

    • Marie commented on May 28, 2013 at 11:55 pm

      Now if we, here in the US, can follow the example set by the UK. I’m proud of the UK

  • janessa commented on May 7, 2013 at 12:33 pm

    Love you PETA. America next please in my lifetime!

  • Nan newall commented on May 7, 2013 at 12:58 pm

    Once again, the UK leads the way in fighting for animal rights. Thank you, UK, for taking yet an other step to end animal abuse. When will the rest of the world catch up?

  • Malcolm commented on May 7, 2013 at 1:01 pm

    Is the art of training birds for entertainment also included in this ban?

  • Nicole commented on May 7, 2013 at 1:13 pm

    EXCELLENT news !!!

  • Fiona Frank commented on May 7, 2013 at 1:17 pm

    Delighted to learn that animals are now banned from circuses. One form of animal abuse down….
    Great work. Thanks.

  • Hana commented on May 7, 2013 at 1:23 pm

    GREAT! congratulations!!!!

  • gmc commented on May 7, 2013 at 1:49 pm

    Long time overdue. Well done PETA!

    • SUE GRIFFITHS commented on November 28, 2013 at 3:19 am

      The ban coming into force in 2015 is for wild animals only. What about other animals such as dogs? I’m not happy having to wait until 2015. Can’t anything be done about it?

  • Harry Blair commented on May 7, 2013 at 2:04 pm

    So Cameron dragged his heels over wild animals in circuses? A pity he didn’t drag his heels over benefit cuts.
    I’m afraid it won’t be in your lifetime,Janessa. Americans have no love for wild animals. Just see what they’re doing to the wolf and the buffalo.

  • RUTH commented on May 7, 2013 at 2:20 pm

    This good news is such a relief…well done to all the hard working dedicated workers and supporters who made this all possible…..reforming ourselves,each other,our society,the world,is what we are all here for, the animal kingdom so deserve our love and respect as much as the human race does for each other!

  • BROWN-JONES commented on May 7, 2013 at 2:32 pm

    BAN THIS CRUELTY TODAY!

  • plault christine commented on May 7, 2013 at 2:57 pm

    tant mieux il était temps…TOUS LES ANIMAUX NE MERITENT QUE NOTRE RESPECT… LAISSONS LES TRANQUILLE !

  • clare crum commented on May 7, 2013 at 3:09 pm

    its about time the world knew what a circus really is about

  • quievreux commented on May 7, 2013 at 3:30 pm

    Excellente nouvelle. J’espère que d’autres suivront. Il y a encore tant et tant de cruauté partout !

  • sue commented on May 7, 2013 at 3:32 pm

    should that not include the dancing dog is that not abuse of similar kind
    and where does that stop – dogs today who knows tomorrow – I thought
    Simon was an advocate of animals and yet he chooses a dancing dog to win a
    talent show – is that not animal abuse – making a dog dance for money!!!!

  • Angela Harris commented on May 7, 2013 at 3:41 pm

    At last – please make sure this goes through! Why 2 years though? The animals will need good homes of course so only the best zoos and parks etc please!! A.

    • SUE GRIFFITHS commented on November 28, 2013 at 3:35 am

      Even though I think it’s too long to wait until 2015, I am angry and saddened that mink and chinchilla fur farming in the Netherlands was voted in 2009 by their parliament to be banned, but won’t come in to force until 2024! Why do these things take so long?

  • Neville Wells commented on May 7, 2013 at 4:21 pm

    A ban has taken far too long. It can’t come soon enough, so why another two years of waiting ? and what about domestic performing animals, I wonder ?

  • jorien commented on May 7, 2013 at 4:22 pm

    YES! YES! YES! :) :)

  • Neville Wells commented on May 7, 2013 at 4:23 pm

    Only send the reprieved animals to decent spacious caring sanctuaries. There is no such thing as a good zoo !

    • SUE GRIFFITHS commented on November 28, 2013 at 3:37 am

      I agree wholeheartedly Neville. To send them to zoos would be a second betrayal.

  • SUE GRIFFITHS commented on May 7, 2013 at 4:29 pm

    It won’t just be Nellie the Elephant who packs her trunk and waves goodbye to the circus. All the other wild animals will be joining her.

    • R.GOLDMAN commented on May 10, 2013 at 9:48 pm

      thats a good one your so right:)

  • chander kumar soni commented on May 7, 2013 at 4:48 pm

    congrats.

  • Jean Wykes commented on May 7, 2013 at 6:33 pm

    Pity we have to wait until 2015 but better late than never . Now let’s make it world wide.

    • SUE GRIFFITHS commented on November 28, 2013 at 3:39 am

      Yes it must be started now as it takes so long to come to fruition after a ban is agreed.

  • Laura Hidalgo commented on May 7, 2013 at 8:04 pm

    Freat news!!!

  • linda commented on May 7, 2013 at 8:12 pm

    Love is Freedom … Free all animals from torture and abuse amen xx

  • jennifer birolini commented on May 7, 2013 at 8:24 pm

    basta crudeltà!!!

  • Paula commented on May 7, 2013 at 8:34 pm

    Yes!! That is good news. But take good care of the animals, so they get a good home after ending circuslife and beginning this new law.

  • Rommy commented on May 7, 2013 at 11:07 pm

    Outstanding!!!

  • Julie Baines commented on May 7, 2013 at 11:54 pm

    So, so happy to read this and ashamed of being too silly to know any better when I was young. Well done to everyone who worked hard to make this a reality, and thank you.

  • Fran commented on May 8, 2013 at 2:24 am

    PETA you absolutely rock!!!!!

  • Jan Whiteley commented on May 8, 2013 at 7:41 am

    This great news is long overdue but the animals must not be discarded without thought. They must be given to good sanctuaries/safari parks and not to zoos.
    It is time all other countries put a stop to this cruelty. Well done PETA.

  • John Bonser commented on May 8, 2013 at 9:42 am

    I’ve been lobbying MPs, to get wild animal acts banned, for quite a while now. Last year over 200 MPs voted against animal acts in circuses. This year a licencing law has been introduced whereby all the acts are monitored by vets, and the circus owners have a duty of care to the animals. The 2015 ban can’t come soon enough, then all the wild animals will be seized. My worry is that the circuses will move to the continent, where there is the most atrocious treatment of the circus animals.

    Please will everyone lobby their MP to stop these animals from being exported by the thugs that run these circuses.

  • Val Kerry commented on May 8, 2013 at 11:19 pm

    GREAT NEWS EH! WOW!!!! Ifeel like jumping up and down !!!!!!

  • Frances Bekhechi commented on May 9, 2013 at 8:01 am

    This is brilliant news and long overdue. I do hope, though, that there’s a plan to confiscate the animals and send them to sanctuaries. Surely the circus owners won’t be allowed to keep them and move them elsewhere…

  • jan commented on May 9, 2013 at 12:14 pm

    Finally a win for Animals ABOUT BLOODY TIME!!! Good on you EU

  • Benny commented on May 11, 2013 at 10:27 am

    Well done England.

  • nathan commented on May 11, 2013 at 10:31 am

    Good news in england.
    Help malta to protects the birds. There killing thousands every year.

    Shame on you MALTA

  • The Peace Patch commented on May 11, 2013 at 7:48 pm

    Superfabulous news! Thanks for keeping the pressure on issues like this!

  • suvarna shrotri commented on May 13, 2013 at 6:44 am

    Peta you are doing a great & noble job. Animals will bless u!!

  • Dorothy Beechers commented on May 21, 2013 at 2:31 pm

    I am so pleased the Government w taken action to stpp the sadistic abuse against animals in the Circus.
    I often wondered as a young girl, growing up and when the Circus came, how they got the animals to perform tricks, well now we have the proof, that they constantly lived in fear of beatings if they did not perform.
    I never have been to a Circus and will only go to one if it has humans, who choose to perform!!!.
    I cannot believe that it was allowed to go on, the rest of the world needs to do the same now, to end all animal
    suffering.

  • michelle commented on May 21, 2013 at 7:23 pm

    Please read and find out what is happening to tigers across the world, just for human entertainment –
    http://shel02004.tumblr.com/post/50604365596/the-white-tiger-fraud

  • Ella commented on May 23, 2013 at 11:18 am

    About time! Why can’t they do it now though…
    Oh well, they’ve obviously come to their senses. *clap clap*

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  • Emily Louise Robbins commented on June 7, 2013 at 7:23 pm

    Thank godness! I’ve always hated wild animals in circuses!!! :)

    • SUE GRIFFITHS commented on November 28, 2013 at 3:44 am

      Any animal in circuses not just wild animals. We must not forget other animals.

  • chander kumar soni commented on June 11, 2013 at 5:04 pm

    thanks government.

  • Daved Wachsman commented on June 13, 2013 at 11:08 am

    Let’s keep the momentum going! Now that the UK has taken the lead on this may the rest of the world’s countries ban animal circuses. We applaud the UK for being the forerunner in this matter

  • domestic empire commented on June 17, 2013 at 6:48 pm

    Unfortunately this law, like the one just passed in Colombia, excludes domestic animals. While it’s a big step forward it really doesn’t go far enough.

    http://domesticempire.wordpress.com/2013/06/16/colombia-ban-wild-animals-in-circuses/

  • linky commented on July 6, 2013 at 3:36 am

    WELL DONE PETA – YOU GUYS ROCK!!! awesome news indeed. pity it cannot happen sooner. why wait, when every second inside those chains and cages must seem like an eternity for those poor souls whose lives have been stolen by man. my heart breaks every time i think about it. so which country is next?!!

  • Natalie commented on August 12, 2013 at 3:22 pm

    Good stuff for the UK. However it would be great to see a ban across Europe and even perhaps the rest if the world! I regularly visit Trouville in France every August and year after year I whitness a travelling circus with animals. It’s so depressing to see the state the animals are in. Please please help these suffering animals too! Many thanks.

  • vicki ginoli commented on October 3, 2013 at 3:17 pm

    This means that, in this country, no more wild animals will be abused in the ring in the name of entertainment. No more elephants, camels or zebras will be denied everything that is natural and important to them, confined to cages or boxcars and dragged around the country and forced to perform demeaning and often painful tricks for human amusement.

    This legislation has been a long time coming. David Cameron was instructed by Parliament to get wild animals out of circuses in 2011, but he dragged his heels in implementing the ban – despite overwhelming support for it among the British public. A 2011 Defra consultation saw 94 per cent of respondents, including the British Veterinary Association, backing an end to this archaic form of entertainment.

    THE GREATNESS OF A NATION AND ITS MORAL PROGRESS CAN BE JUDGED BY THE WAY ITS ANIMALS ARE TREATED… I HOLD THAT, THE MORE HELPLESS A CREATURE, THE MORE ENTITLED IT IS TO THE PROTECTION BY MAN FROM THE CRUELTY OF MAN. MAHATMA GANDHI

    COMPASSION NOT CRUELTY!!! EVERY LIFE IS IMPORTANT!

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