U.K. environment secretary proposes ban on use of wild animals in travelling circuses

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The British environment secretary has proposed a bill that would ban the use of wild animals in travelling circuses.

The Wild Animals in Circuses Bill means that operators in England wouldn't be able to use wild animals as part of their act.

The bill was put forward by Michael Gove.

He Michael Gove said:

"Travelling circuses are no place for wild animals in the 21st century and I am pleased that this legislation will put an end to this practice for good.
"Today’s announcement follows other measures we have taken to strengthen our position as a world leader on animal protection. This includes our ban on ivory sales to protect elephants, and delivering Finn’s Law to strengthen the protection of service animals."

The bill follows a commitment in 2018 to introduce a ban by the time the existing interim licensing regulations expire in 2020.

Jan Creamer, President of Animal Defenders International (ADI) added:

"We are delighted and relieved that the UK Government is bringing in its promised legislation to ban wild animals in circuses.
"Animal Defenders International has documented suffering and abuse in UK circuses for more than 20 years and this long-awaited measure will stop circus suffering in England, and take us another step closer to the UK-wide ban the public want and the animals need."

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