It’s Time for Theresa May to Take Action on Circuses

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As Parliament comes back into session this week, Britain’s animal-protection groups – including PETA – are asking the Prime Minister to roll up her sleeves and finally ban cruel wild-animal circuses.

tiger behind barsOur letter – signed by the RSPCA, Animal Justice Project, the Born Free Foundation, Animal Defenders International, Viva!, Animal Aid, and the Captive Animals Protection Society – reminds Theresa May that the government promised to ban archaic animal performances in England and Wales by January 2015 but, despite evidence that 94 per cent of the public support such a ban, has failed to introduce any legislation.

Now, the Prime Minister has the chance to make good on David Cameron’s broken promise.

We write:

Many countries – including Austria, Bolivia, Bulgaria, the Netherlands, Mexico, Serbia, and Singapore – have implemented bans or prohibitions on the use of wild-animal acts. The UK, a nation that prides itself on high animal-welfare standards, is now lagging woefully behind.

Trainers often break the spirits of wild animals used in circuses at a young age so that they will perform absurd tricks such as balancing on balls or jumping through hoops. And it’s widely recognised by vets and animal-behaviour experts that travelling circuses can never adequately provide for these animals’ welfare needs. Lions, tigers, and other wild animals exhibit clear signs of frustration and distress when they’re kept in cramped cages for hours or days at a time – thousands of miles from their natural environment – and carted from show to show.

Please help us show the Prime Minister that these archaic performances are not welcome here. Send her a quick e-mail now:



  • Shandra Foster commented on September 8, 2016 at 3:27 pm

    Wild animals do not belong in circuses, the are wild… Not to be made to do tricks for the pleasure of humans.

  • [email protected] commented on September 8, 2016 at 3:49 pm

    Terrible I hope this stops

  • Catherine dryden commented on September 8, 2016 at 4:20 pm

    These beautiful creatures were not born to be clowns

  • Karen commented on September 8, 2016 at 5:33 pm

    The UK must lead the way and ban the use of wild animals from circuses. The shocking way in which these animals are housed, treated, being tortured and forced to perform acts which are completely unnatural to them is depraved and totally unacceptable for an evolved civilised society. An example Elephants are forced to stand on their hind legs causing them pain this is disgusting.
    Lead the way UK and ban the use of wild animals in circuses, the clue is in the name “Wild” animals.
    thank you

  • Lynne Westbrooke commented on September 8, 2016 at 8:44 pm

    Please ban animals in circuses people don’t see what goes on behind the scenes and it’s horrendous

  • Linda Masters commented on September 9, 2016 at 9:49 am

    These animals should not be constrained or forced to perform for our pleasure they are wild. Set them free. It must be torture for them.

  • Jessica commented on September 24, 2016 at 6:09 pm

    Why do we still allow animals to be in circuses anyway? There is no way you can properly take care of a wild animal traveling on the road 24/7. Wild animal NEED to be in their natural habit protected. If you want animals to preform tricks in your shows, train a dog!

  • Samantha Gardiner commented on October 15, 2016 at 9:12 pm

    To still allow animals in circuses is cruel, outdated and not something I would ever take my children to. It’s unbelievable that we still haven’t banned animals in circuses.
    How sad that we are still having to fight for the rights of these beautiful animals .

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