Michael Sheen Joins the Call to Ban Animals in Circuses

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BAFTA Award–winning actor Michael Sheen is the latest to call for the abolishment of cruel and archaic wild-animal circuses. The star of Masters of Sex and The Queen is echoing the calls from the 94 per cent of respondents to a government consultation who supported a complete ban on the use of wild animals in circuses.

The actor penned a letter to Prime Minister David Cameron urging him to do the right thing for animals by fulfilling the promise he made to introduce a ban.

In the letter, Michael writes:

The British public clearly agree and have made their feelings on this issue clear. There is no longer any excuse for delaying the ban.

Wild animals do not voluntarily ride bicycles, stand on their heads or jump through rings of fire. To force animals to perform these meaningless and often uncomfortable or painful tricks, trainers use whips, muzzles, bullhooks and electric prods.

Coming from a family with a history of circus performance, which includes his great-grandmother, who was a lion tamer, Michael knows all too well about the reality of the circus. He writes:

The true spirit of the circus is best illustrated by thrilling performances by human entertainers – like clowns and trapeze artists – not by wild animals whose spirits have been broken and who are forced to perform under duress. As someone who comes from a family that has included circus performers, I would like to see us become a country where animals are treated with respect, not as objects of ridicule.

Join Michael 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 is an archaic practice that has no place in modern Britain.


  • Krishni commented on July 11, 2015 at 4:11 pm

    This is the 21st century ! You can’t do these cruel things to other beings… It’s just wrong of the highest order !!!

  • Ruth Owen commented on July 11, 2015 at 5:03 pm

    All animal cruelty demeans all humans. It is horrific for animals and renders us uncivilised.

  • lina nicolia commented on July 11, 2015 at 5:07 pm

    to exploit, abuse or torture animals for someone’s misguided enjoyment is an indication of a declining society. STOP it if you want to be civilized.

  • lina nicolia commented on July 11, 2015 at 5:08 pm

    did you think my comment was too strong ? it is the truth.

  • Wijn Gerda commented on July 11, 2015 at 7:07 pm

    Een circus is om mensen te entertainen, niet om mensen een trauma te bezorgen !!!!!
    STOP daarmee met de dieren zo te verwaarlozen !!!!!
    De mensen moesten zich schamen, naar zo een plaats ga je niet met kinderen !!!! De slechtste opvoeding ooit !!!!!

  • Clive Wickham commented on July 11, 2015 at 7:45 pm

    It’s incredible that people are still having to vote to stop animal torture. What is the matter with you people???

  • Bethan commented on July 11, 2015 at 8:59 pm

    This should not still be happening in this day&age! Animals should be left alone, is it not enough that their habitat is constantly being destroyed and hunting is forcing some animals into extinction. Politicians won’t care until everything is stripped bare and they’ve made as much money as they can out of people, sick people who need psychiatric help!

  • L.Webb commented on July 11, 2015 at 9:26 pm

    Stop this now

  • Christine Jenkins commented on July 11, 2015 at 9:31 pm

    Circus is not for wild animals. its an abuse . the poor animals suffer when made to perform for our entertainment . it is no joy for the poor animals . to perform in a circus . you cant call this entertainment. it is cruel and must be stopped. ban this abuse to wild animals . they belong in their own habitat with their own kind .please end their suffering now . they are not on this earth to entertain humans

  • Christine Stewart commented on July 11, 2015 at 9:56 pm

    Barbaric Bring to an End This Suffering these Animals are put through!!!!!!!

  • Joan hope commented on July 11, 2015 at 10:23 pm

    We do not need performing animals

  • Holly Whitelaw commented on July 11, 2015 at 11:00 pm

    I actually thought this sort if circus was banned throughout Europe already!?

  • Claire Keir commented on July 11, 2015 at 11:05 pm

    Stop using animals for entertament its cruel and barbaric.These animals have feeling.They suffer just like us.

  • Ann Richardson commented on July 11, 2015 at 11:25 pm

    How much money have you made for yourselves by using people’s love of animals to claim that others abuse them?

    Animals have feelings also and love the appreciation they get from performing. I believe you have gone too far by banning horses from pulling carriages in Central Park and by protesting illegally at the Ramos Brothers Circus.

  • Nadine commented on July 12, 2015 at 12:11 am

    For heavens sake stop he in the wild, these animals belong in the wild, leave them there. Would you like to be treated in such a way……..no, well ban it NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Lorraine Ellis commented on July 12, 2015 at 1:52 am

    Please help us to stop this.

  • Denise and Geoff Jones commented on July 12, 2015 at 3:36 am

    …. outrule the out of date animal performer in the ‘Circus’ – stick to Homo Sapiens who know all the tricks of the trade …

  • Pauline McSweeney commented on July 12, 2015 at 11:49 am

    Animals should be shown respect not beaten and tormented to perform stupid tricks.

  • Hannah Evans commented on July 12, 2015 at 3:47 pm

    Please stop allowing animals in circuses. This is outdated and unacceptable in today’s world. It’s time for this to stop.

  • Geoff commented on July 12, 2015 at 10:09 pm

    Leave all animals alone,,,, Stop being cruel,.,,, stop the bulls running the streets,,,,Help all animals please,,,,

  • Lourdes G Gibbons commented on July 13, 2015 at 12:51 am

    Please stop animal performances on circuses which is very inhumane. Thank you.

  • premita pillay commented on July 13, 2015 at 1:33 am

    Ban the exploitation of animals in circuses.Not acceptable in modern times.

  • Dr. Paul McNeil commented on July 13, 2015 at 1:06 pm

    Please share this with friends
    Thank you.

  • Barbara Szarek commented on July 14, 2015 at 1:46 am

    Please , stop this cruelty toward animals
    remember that the same way we ( Human being ) will be treated
    We are all alive creatures and we share the same level of pain……

  • Hilary Audus commented on August 5, 2015 at 10:51 am

    NO wild animals in circuses this is inhumane.
    Performing dogs and horses fine, this should be enough.

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