I am pleased that the Wild Animals in Circuses (No.2) Bill has now been introduced by the Government into the House of Commons. This Bill aims to prohibit a circus operator from using any wild animal for performance or exhibition in a travelling circus in England by January 2020.
This Bill is designed to deliver an important part of the work that the Government is doing to protect animals, both in the wild and in captivity, ensuring the UK maintains world leadership on safeguarding and respecting animals. It seeks to bring to an end to outdated practices that have no place in modern society and addresses the specific concerns of the public, animal welfare charities, veterinary groups and parliamentarians about the use of wild animals in travelling circuses.
The introduction of the Bill in Parliament follows other measures the Government has backed to strengthen the UK's position as a world leader on animal protection. This includes a ban on ivory sales to protect elephants, and delivering 'Finn's Law' to strengthen the protection of service animals.