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To: Michael Gove, Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Ban use of wild animals in circuses in England

Ban use of wild animals in circuses in England

Introduce a ban on use of wild animals in circuses in England, as soon as possible.

Why is this important?

Whilst speaking to a colleague recently, I was shocked to hear that wild animals (such as camels and zebras) are still being used in circuses - right here in Bristol and across England. I haven't been to a circus since I was a child and naively assumed we'd outlawed the practice.

Keeping wild animals in cages, before forcing them to perform tricks for our entertainment is cruel and archaic - and has no place in a modern, animal-loving society.

According to PETA's website, Scotland and Wales have already been taking steps to ban the use of wild animals in circuses - whilst just this week the Republic of Ireland have announced a ban from next year (with Northern Ireland expected to follow suit). However, the government in England appear to have been dragging their feet for years over this issue - even though 94 percent of people support a ban. I think it's high-time we changed this and enforce our own ban on the use of wild animals in circuses, as soon as possible.

Reasons for signing

  • There is just not need
  • Animal welfare
  • Awful! 100% ban!


2017-11-23 11:16:14 +0000

100 signatures reached

2017-11-12 18:49:39 +0000

50 signatures reached

2017-11-11 17:48:40 +0000

25 signatures reached

2017-11-11 15:20:49 +0000

10 signatures reached