Sir Roger Moore to PM: The Day Has Come to Ban Animal Circuses

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Sir Roger Moore has a message for Theresa May. In a moving article in today’s Sunday People, the actor, humanitarian, and animal advocate urges the Prime Minister to introduce legislation banning wild-animal circuses. He writes:

All around the world, animal circuses are being banned. Countries such as Austria, Belgium, Mexico, and the Netherlands have all put an end to such barbarous cruelty to wild animals. Yet ever-so-civilised, animal-loving Britain still allows these archaic exhibitions simply because of a lack of action on the part of Downing Street.

I’m well aware that policy change doesn’t come overnight, but popular legislation to prohibit circuses from keeping tigers in see-through boxes called cages and carting them about the land has been dragging on for aeons, because the Prime Minister holds the key and won’t give it up. Speaking on the issue, Stanley Johnson – our very own foreign secretary’s father – said, “[W]e have had several years now of shilly-shallying. We need to move forward”. And indeed, we do.

Wild animals in real life must feel as if they’ve been captured by the fictional Dr No. When they’re not being forced to perform confusing tricks under threat of the whip, they’re chained up or tied down. They’re denied everything that gives their lives meaning. It’s no wonder that they develop abnormal and disturbing behaviour, such as incessantly biting the bars of their cages, pacing endlessly back and forth, or even self-mutilating. If they become sick or are injured while en route to the next show, a veterinarian with expertise in exotic species may be hours, if not days, away – if anyone is called at all.

Read the full article here.

Sir Roger states that “[u]ntil a ban is imposed, Britain continues to say ‘Roll up, roll up’ to abuse”. Join him in letting the Prime Minister know that it’s time – past time – to outlaw this archaic form of so-called “entertainment”. Please add your name to our online action:


  • P Callaghan commented on January 8, 2017 at 1:27 pm

    All circuses all over the world should be closed it lines the pockets of the owners and it’s a life of misery for the animals

  • Siobhan lamb commented on January 8, 2017 at 1:29 pm

    Please make the change and put the ban in place! We are a nation of animal lovers and this is cruel!

  • Astrid Kuehne-Jean commented on January 8, 2017 at 1:30 pm

    The concept of Animal using circuses is outdated. The circuses have to get alternative ideas to attract the public.

  • Liz B commented on January 8, 2017 at 1:34 pm

    We as a nation need to do more. Evil (cruelty) will always win if good men do nothing

  • T.c. commented on January 8, 2017 at 1:51 pm


  • Kerry Ward commented on January 8, 2017 at 1:52 pm

    Set them free..circuses are cruel disgusting and should be shut down forever

  • Natasha neave commented on January 8, 2017 at 2:04 pm

    Animals belong in the wild, circuses are behind the times, this is cruelty NOT entertainment

  • Shelagh Maitland commented on January 8, 2017 at 2:31 pm

    This past being a wish or entertainment . A nation of animal lovers? Not as long as circuses and zoos exist condemning wild animals to indignity, torture and abuse.

  • Karen walsh commented on January 8, 2017 at 3:00 pm

    This type of entertainment has gone out with the ark. It’s about time we stopped abusing animals like this. Travelling around in an environment that is not natural, it’s just down right cruel.

  • Jennifer Macdonald commented on January 8, 2017 at 3:02 pm

    These wild life circuses must be banned. You are torturing and destroying these magnificent animals. STOP YOU ARE KILLING THEM WITH YOU CRUELTY!!

  • Hannah Russell commented on January 8, 2017 at 3:40 pm

    This needs to be banned. Barbaric and outdated.

  • Lynn flavell commented on January 8, 2017 at 4:09 pm

    Animals should be wild as nature intended

  • Jennifer Cooke commented on January 8, 2017 at 5:29 pm

    In this day and age it’s immoral
    , cruel and totally wrong to keep animals in these conditions. Ban this figusting trade now.

  • Dale Morris commented on January 8, 2017 at 7:23 pm

    The day has come that this cruelty needs to be outlawed! It’s NOT entertaining!

  • Joyce O'Hara commented on January 8, 2017 at 8:49 pm

    Stop this outdated and outrageously cruel nonsense. Stop the suffering of all the poor animals expected to perform unnatural tricks. They deserve to live a happy life. Free them from this torture.

  • Mary Guruparan commented on January 8, 2017 at 10:47 pm

    The shameful practice of still using wild animals for the entertainment of humans must stop. These animals are not toys. They are creatures that deserve a good quality of life, and this is NOT it! Please ban all entertainment in this way.

  • Mia Cher commented on January 8, 2017 at 11:59 pm

    Stop enslaving animals.

  • Kim hanson commented on January 9, 2017 at 12:49 am

    Wild animals do not belong in captivity! Wild animals are NOT ETERTAINMENT!

    STOP this animal cruelty NOW!

  • Laura Black commented on January 9, 2017 at 5:23 pm

    Well done Sir Roger for championing this cause AGAINST circuses using performing animals .
    It is shocking that this is still going on in England of all countries where we think we are a nation of animal lovers.
    Please do not go to these cruel performances it is the only way to stop them.
    That and with help from famous and respected people like Sir Roger – bless you!

  • Peter&a Valerie Mason commented on January 9, 2017 at 7:08 pm

    Ban animals in circuses now not tomorrow or next week or Year ban now

  • stella osborne commented on January 10, 2017 at 1:44 pm

    dear sir roger i am so glad that you are involved in trying to stop this inhumane treatment of such lovely animals yes its cruel i thought it was aboisht here in uk some time minister needs to get this abolished if it was a human all hell would break loose but animals cant talk so they they retaliate in way they know how thats attack the abuser

  • Sandra Arbogast commented on January 10, 2017 at 7:08 pm

    Les animaux sauvages n’ont pas leur place dans un cirque

  • jon ashmore commented on January 10, 2017 at 7:33 pm

    Ban needed now..

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