The Government will seek to introduce primary legislation at the earliest opportunity to achieve its much-stated desire to ban travelling circuses from using performing wild animals.
In the meantime, owners of travelling circuses will be required to meet tough new licensing standards, which will ensure high welfare conditions for wild animals, following the publication of the Government’s consultation on a circus licensing scheme.
Animal Welfare Minister Lord Taylor said:
‘There is no place in today’s society for wild animals being used for our entertainment in travelling circuses. Wild animals deserve our respect.
‘We have said many times we wanted to ban this outdated practice, but before we could do that there were serious legal issues we had to consider.
‘We are developing proposals to introduce a Bill as soon as Parliamentary time allows. In the meantime we are introducing a Circus Licensing Scheme to ensure decent conditions for wil