Vets commend Scottish Government on progressive law that bans wild animals in circuses  

20 December 2017

MSPs have unanimously voted through The Wild Animals in Travelling Circuses (Scotland) Bill at final Stage 3 proceedings in Holyrood.

The Bill will make Scotland the first country in the UK to make it an offence for a circus operator to cause or permit a wild animal to be used in a travelling circus in Scotland.

Although there are currently no circuses using wild animals based in Scotland they have visited in the past.

Responding to today’s vote, BVA Scottish Branch President Melissa Donald said: “We commend Scottish Government for this progressive law, which is an issue that vets have long campaigned on.

“While this issue may not affect a great number of individual animals, the strength of cross-party support for this ban reflects the fact that the use of wild animals in this way is emblematic of the way we treat all animals.

“This law, the first of its kind in the UK, really marks Scotland out as a leader in animal welfare.”

The Bill now awaits Royal Assent and an implementation date.

BVA Media Office