Wales could be set to ban use of wild animals in travelling circuses
Wales could be set to ban the use of wild animals in travelling circuses.
A bill was put before the National Assembly yesterday.
It would see the practice made illegal anyone who breaks the rules facing a fine.
Lesley Griffiths, minister for environment, energy and rural affairs, said:
"The declining number of wild animals kept by travelling circuses is a clear indication the public appetite for this type of entertainment is not what it once was
The use of wild animals in travelling circuses contributes little to further our understanding of wild animals or their conservation.
"The introduction of this bill sends a clear message this government and the people of Wales believe this practice to be outdated and ethically unacceptable."