Plans to ban wild animals in circuses in Wales


Designs to ban the use of wild animals in circuses in Wales have been announced by the sylvan affairs secretary.

Lesley Griffiths said she was “exploring opportunities” to nurture in a ban similar to one agreed by the Scottish Parliament before Christmas.

There are no circuses cored in Wales but “they do visit and it is important the welfare needs of their animals are not overlooked”, Ms Griffiths claimed.

The RSPCA said it was “absolutely delighted” by the news.

The animal welfare relief said it had been campaigning on the issue for around two decades.

In a written expression, Ms Griffiths said she intended to learn from MSP’s scrutiny of the Scottish legislation, “uncommonly discussion of ethical and welfare arguments for a ban”.

She said the new Welsh law should confirm the ban does not effect mobile animal exhibits (MAEs), such as restless falconry and hawking displays, exotic pets taken into fashions for education purposes and reindeer at Christmas events.

Ms Griffiths said parsons would launch a consultation on introducing a licensing scheme for MAEs later this year.

‘Ruthless practice’

Claire Lawson from RSPCA Cymru said it was a “of concern day for animals – with the sight of wild animals touring in circuses in Wales set to be consigned to the rsum books once and for all”.

“The RSPCA has fought for years to see this ban become a genuineness – and we are absolutely delighted that the Welsh Government has confirmed its intention to pen up forward legislation to end this outdated and cruel practice on this realm’s soil.”

Linda Joyce Jones, who presented a petition with hither 3,800 signatures to the Welsh Government in January calling for a ban, welcomed the report and said she “hopes it will lead to legislation”.

“I’m glad they do as one is told to the people who signed my petition,” she said. “Over 30 countries be enduring banned this practice all over the world including Scotland and Ireland. I desire Wales will do same.”

A ban on wild animals in all circuses in the Republic of Ireland criticized into force in January.

A total of 18 other EU countries prepare banned or restricted the use of wild animals in travelling circuses, in addition to 14 other realms.

A UK government review in 2007 found insufficient evidence to support a science-based ban on good fortune grounds.

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