Wild-Animal Circus to Close!

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As you know, PETA has been working hard to get the government to introduce a complete ban on wild animals in circuses, a ban that’s overwhelmingly supported by the public and by Parliament, unlike Defra’s current unpopular plan for inspection and licensing schemes. And while we may not be quite there yet, the pressure is clearly having a big impact. According to a recent report, The Great British Circus – one of the few remaining circuses to use wild animals in the UK – will soon be going animal free because, according to an interview with ringmaster and owner Martin Lacey in Horse & Hound, he’s giving up “because the Government was seeking to ban the use of wild animals in circuses”.

By virtue of the very nature of circuses, which necessitate confining animals to cages or boxcars, forcing them to do tricks which are totally unnatural to them and denying them the opportunity to carry out their natural behaviour, animals’ needs can never be met in a circus environment.

Numerous local authorities in the UK have already instituted a ban on the use of public grounds for animal circuses. The end of wild animals in the Great British Circus is great news for animals, but it’s not yet the end of all wild-animal circuses.

Join us in asking the government to stop hiding behind fictional obstacles and deliver on its promise to “listen to the views of the House of Commons” by introducing an immediate ban on the use of all wild animals in UK circuses. Take action to protect wild animals used in circuses.


  • Ffion Rees commented on August 22, 2012 at 8:39 am

    No animal should be forced to take part in something for human pleasure. Close down all circuses!

  • Joanne clarke commented on August 22, 2012 at 8:46 am

    No animal should be forced to act in a circus environment.
    No person would be forced to join and travel with a circus until they die- it would be ‘against their human rights’ well, what about the animals’ rights? They can’t speak 🙁
    But you can see the sadness in their eyes, this shouldn’t be allowed. Its no life for any animal involved in a circus!

  • michelle omalley commented on August 22, 2012 at 8:54 am

    We will never be civilised while we treat animals as anything other than living breathing FEELING beings with as much right to be here as us.

  • Diane Marks commented on August 22, 2012 at 3:02 pm

    Close down all circuses using animals – outdated and cruel!

  • Ken commented on August 22, 2012 at 3:11 pm

    Don’t forget that James Cameron voted against the ban on using animals in circus’ and tried to get this awful abuse to continue – remember that when election day comes around.

  • Angela commented on August 22, 2012 at 7:50 pm

    All animals should be allowed to live and express their natural instincts, free from fear, anxiety and the abuse of performing. Bullying animals to perform in circuses is NOT entertainment. This is the 21st century, come on for goodness sake we call ourselves a civilised society.

  • tammie colosimo commented on September 7, 2012 at 12:00 pm

    This is just pure slavery in every way!!!! These barbaric means of entertainment need to just STOP NO ONE WANTS TO SEE THIS ANYMORE!!!!!

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