Wales bans wild animals in circuses

25 Jul 2020

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A Bill to ban the use of wild animals in travelling circuses in Wales has passed its final vote in the Senedd.

The Bill was introduced just over a year ago, following a consultation that found that 97 per cent of respondents would support the introduction of a ban.

It follows existing bans in Scotland and England and will become law on 1 December, subject to royal assent.

Lesley Griffiths, minister for environment, energy and rural affairs in Wales, said the Bill would ‘address the ethical concerns of people across Wales’ by banning the use of wild animals in travelling circuses.

She said: ‘The use of wild animals for entertainment in this way is outdated – wild animals are sentient beings with complex needs, and they should not be seen as commodities for our entertainment.’

Claire Lawson, RSPCA assistant director for external relations in Wales, said the move made...