Martin Freeman Asks David Cameron to Ban Wild Animals From Circuses

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You might know him from The Hobbit, recognise his face from Love Actually or regularly watch him solve mysteries in Sherlock. But this time, Martin Freeman is on David Cameron’s case.

Despite committing to implementing a ban on the use of wild animal in circuses by January 2015, the last government failed to introduce legislation that would end this archaic practice. With Parliament due back in session next week, Freeman has sent an urgent letter on PETA’s behalf to the prime minister urging him to stop prolonging circus cruelty, not only for the sake of the animals but also for the sake of children. He writes:

As a father, I’d like to see my children grow up in a country where animals are treated with respect, not as objects of ridicule. … Allowing circuses with wild animals to continue to operate in the country sends the message to children that it’s OK to dominate animals and ignore any pain and suffering that they’re experiencing – which, of course, it’s not.

Wild animals in circuses commonly suffer from chronic health problems, abusive treatment and psychological disorders, and many die prematurely. The very nature of circuses – which confine animals to cages or boxcars for long periods of time, force them to perform tricks that are uncomfortable and even painful for them and deny them the opportunity to engage in natural behaviour – means that animal welfare can never be ensured in a circus environment.

Freeman joins Michael Sheen and Ann Widdecombe in teaming up with PETA to push the government to prohibit wild-animal circus acts.

Join these celebrities and thousands of others by taking action. Write to David Cameron and tell him that forcing wild animals to perform absurd tricks by using cruel and barbaric training methods has no place in modern Britain.

Comments

  • Alan Willans commented on September 28, 2015 at 4:55 pm

    Medieval!

  • sally carnes commented on September 28, 2015 at 4:55 pm

    This must be stopped, it is so vile and so cruel

  • Allyson Davidson commented on September 28, 2015 at 5:07 pm

    Circuses are cruel and always were. David Cameron, people are asking you to do more for Animal Welfare, so start doing SOMETHING!

  • denise commented on September 28, 2015 at 5:09 pm

    I think that all animals should be left free to roam in peace and not being subjected to continous acts with no regard to what they are feeling i think all circuses should be banned from taking place

  • christina taylor commented on September 28, 2015 at 5:10 pm

    Its time to stop this in the uk and worldwide

  • deidre harp commented on September 28, 2015 at 5:10 pm

    animals should never be subjected to the abuse that exists in circuses. they feel pain and fear just as humans do. it is time for this to stop.

  • Mary commented on September 28, 2015 at 5:14 pm

    Animals shouldn’t have to suffer at our expense

  • karen brown commented on September 28, 2015 at 5:19 pm

    Please stop this cruelty NOW

  • Sarah Formosa commented on September 28, 2015 at 5:22 pm

    Please Mr Cameron

  • Gwenfair commented on September 28, 2015 at 5:23 pm

    This abuse needs to STOP.

  • Bruce Cohen commented on September 28, 2015 at 5:24 pm

    Animal cruelty, of any kind, is NOT acceptable and will NOT be ignored. We must take action. Big Bruno

  • kahmelia sanges commented on September 28, 2015 at 5:26 pm

    This is so wrong and you know it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!, why do you think animals have no rights??????????????????????? They have feelings just like humans, but honestly they love harder, and trust more than humans… And all yall do is hurt them!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!. may god have mercy on your soul

  • chrissy wallington commented on September 28, 2015 at 5:30 pm

    It is cruel and barbaric !!!!!

  • Sophia Dunne commented on September 28, 2015 at 5:32 pm

    We don’t do this to humans, so give animals respect and love and stop doing this to them.

  • Eileen Gibson commented on September 28, 2015 at 5:32 pm

    As a child i went to a circus, it made me hate circuses because i didnt like the the way they were treated. Now as an adult and 55years later, i am angry that this is still allowed to be. No animal should be treated this way, its so cruel. We must stop this now.

  • Debbie McIntyre commented on September 28, 2015 at 5:41 pm

    Ban all wild animals in circuses,it’s cruel and barbaric.

  • Pauline Fleming commented on September 28, 2015 at 5:59 pm

    IT HAS TO STOP

  • Doris Stackhouse commented on September 28, 2015 at 6:06 pm

    please take animal acts out of circuses

  • elizabeth michals commented on September 28, 2015 at 6:10 pm

    exploiting wild animals is a no no not ever never

  • Michelle Shelley commented on September 28, 2015 at 6:14 pm

    This has to stop, we need to send a message to the rest of the world that animals need to be treated with respect. Please help me have some respect for you and ‘STOP ANIMAL ABUSE OF ANY KIND’. Thank you.

  • Carol commented on September 28, 2015 at 6:16 pm

    Please stop animals being exhibited in zoos and circuses

  • jacky burrows commented on September 28, 2015 at 6:24 pm

    please stop this should not be allowed in this so called modern civilised world we live in

  • Ann Coles commented on September 28, 2015 at 6:26 pm

    These animals are abused , live in small cages ,other countries have banned live animals in circuses ,it’s cruel and heartless to see how they have to perform , animal welfare should be an important issue in 2015 ,we need to go forward ,

  • Terry Callow commented on September 28, 2015 at 6:36 pm

    Wild animals or not none belong in a circus!

  • Irene Sturmey commented on September 28, 2015 at 6:38 pm

    Thank you David for standing up for all animals and of course Martin please don’t stop .

  • June Clarke commented on September 28, 2015 at 6:38 pm

    No animals should be used in this way. Majestic animals like lions, tigers and elephants put under pressure to perform “silly” tricks. This must stress them out terribly, plus the noise that must be created around them! Then they are left in conditions, totally unsuitable and elephants chained in cramped conditions. It is totally unacceptable and should be stopped as soon as possible. It is like something from the dark ages!!

  • Vicky Abbott commented on September 28, 2015 at 6:46 pm

    Any animal from the wild or those specially bred for the entrainment of another species is WRONG they deserve their natural lives and social connections of their own families not abused by us

  • Sarah commented on September 28, 2015 at 7:03 pm

    All animals should be free from cages and not have to preform stupid acts for silly humans who think there is nothing wrong in treating animals in such a cruel way.

  • Gylda Thomas commented on September 28, 2015 at 7:05 pm

    Getting animals to perform is demeaning to them as well as cruel

  • Pauline Rouse commented on September 28, 2015 at 7:28 pm

    Time to stop cruelty to ALL animals….

  • Jaci Davies commented on September 28, 2015 at 7:30 pm

    This cruelty must stop!!

  • carol hamilton commented on September 28, 2015 at 7:40 pm

    Why when the vast majority of people in the UK are a few Tory Politicians allowed to block the law banning circus’s????

  • Jon harper commented on September 28, 2015 at 7:45 pm

    Completely unnecessary. Just cruelty.

  • Dawn commented on September 28, 2015 at 7:55 pm

    Ban animals from the circus.. This is not their natural environment ! Slavery !!!

  • Linda Mosley commented on September 28, 2015 at 9:18 pm

    These animals should be living free in the wild , not making money for greedy idiots

  • Pat howarth commented on September 28, 2015 at 10:00 pm

    Please please ban all wild animals in circuses, this is just barbaric and cruel, we are better than some other countries who continue to abuse animals for entertainment

  • Lorraine Barratt commented on September 28, 2015 at 10:12 pm

    Respect for animals!

  • kath gibson commented on September 28, 2015 at 10:24 pm

    Ban the use of animals in any circus. So wrong and cruel.

  • Deborah Wheelhouse commented on September 28, 2015 at 10:53 pm

    Cruel senseless torture off animals…for what!

  • Robyn McCarthy commented on September 28, 2015 at 11:02 pm

    So totally agree, animals are not here on this planet for human entertainment!!!!!

  • j eden commented on September 28, 2015 at 11:08 pm

    Absolutely horrific and no need whatsoever, evil!

  • Amy clothier commented on September 28, 2015 at 11:27 pm

    Please stop allowing the circus to use animals. It us cruel.

  • carol west commented on September 28, 2015 at 11:30 pm

    using wild animals to do tricks, live in a cage is not exceptable it has to stop,

  • Kim Fanshawe commented on September 28, 2015 at 11:41 pm

    Wild animals belong in the wild… not in a circus. When will we learn to share this planet with other creatures instead of trying to destroy and dominate all we come across

  • Dianne hewitson commented on September 28, 2015 at 11:55 pm

    Anyone who can thinks it’s ok to treat an animal in such a deplorable way needs are sick, i recently visited Florida and came across a supposed animal sanctuary, they were having a display of lions tigers in a ring with the ring master, It broke my heart to see these beautiful animals being used and abused by these so called humans, I dident watch the show but I did tell one of those idiots what I thought of them

  • Margaret Chester commented on September 29, 2015 at 12:02 am

    I agree we should have respect for animals.

  • Alan Stimson commented on September 29, 2015 at 12:07 am

    A noble cause but I think Halal Slaughter is a higher priority of animal cruelty.

  • Katia Murguia commented on September 29, 2015 at 12:17 am

    PLEASE !!!!! For a life in a world with CONSCIENCE and CARE to all LIVING CREATURES!!!

    NOOOO TO CIRCUSES WITH ANIMALS!

  • Peter Duncan commented on September 29, 2015 at 12:23 am

    its about time this cruel activity wss stopped

  • angela grammatico commented on September 29, 2015 at 1:15 am

    Stop animals in circuses

  • Rosemary Clewes commented on September 29, 2015 at 8:21 am

    Cannot believe this is still happening after all this time. Free all the animals to a place of safety – NOW!!

  • Nicole place commented on September 29, 2015 at 8:23 am

    Animals are not mere toys, they are sentient living beings with a right to a natural life free of suffering at the hands of humans.

  • raz commented on September 29, 2015 at 8:36 am

    Ban this cruelty please, thank you

  • keith allen commented on September 29, 2015 at 9:19 am

    Tell them it’s about time we moved from the dark ages

  • Elizabeth Thomas commented on September 29, 2015 at 9:51 am

    Performing in circuses and all the “training”, transportation and constant confinement that it entails is cruel and unnatural to animals. No modern, compassionate society should allow it to happen.

  • Gareth commented on September 29, 2015 at 10:32 am

    It needs to stop

  • rachel Harvey commented on September 29, 2015 at 11:54 am

    Please ban and stop the suffering of these beautiful animal’s

  • Mila Counihan commented on September 29, 2015 at 1:49 pm

    Not a living thing should be kept in small cages, tided up and beaten

  • Mrs.S Islam commented on September 29, 2015 at 3:52 pm

    Please ban wild animals from circuses.

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