Travelling Circus Wild Animal Acts Now Banned In ScotlandKeith
Scotland is the first country in GB to ban the use of travelling circus wild animal acts
The bill was proposed by Scotland’s environment secretary, Roseanna Cunningham, who said: This is an important act that will not only prevent travelling circuses ever showing wild animals in Scotland in the future, but will demonstrate to the wider world that this practice is now not acceptable.
Some MSPs, said the bill did not cover all animal performances, such as greyhound racing or birds of prey demonstrations.
Libby Anderson, a policy adviser for the animal protection charity OneKind, said: “Today’s historic announcement means that we not have to see lions, tigers, elephants etc. suffer in cramped trucks, and having to perform purely for the publics entertainment.”
Travelling Circus Wild Animal acts
Jan Creamer, the president of Animal Defenders International, said: “The public wanted a ban, and the Scottish government and parliament listened, banning travelling circuses with wild animals forever. BUT England continues to sit on its hands, and a bill almost five years old – no more delays, it’s time to stop circus suffering.”
Westminster published its ideas to ban travelling circus wild animals performing in 2013. Despite the support of the then prime minister, Mr Cameron, the government, Labour and more than 90% of the British public, the proposals were repeatedly blocked by a small group of Tory backbenchers. WHY?
The Scottish parliament’s move reflects a growing desire around the world. In January the US circus, Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey, said it would close doors after 146 years because of declining tickets sales and higher operating costs. It came the year after the circus retired its elephant act, following legal action by activists. It admitted no wrongdoing, but agreed to a six-figure fine several years before ending the elephant performances.