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Animal circus ban a step nearer in Wales

By Sue Austin | Mid Wales | News | Published:

A ban on the use of wild animals in travelling circuses in Wales is a step nearer after the Welsh Assembly backed the principle in law.

The charity, RSPCA Cymru, has long led the campaign to outlaw the use of wild animals in travelling circuses in Wales - with the country now one step closer to joining 45 others across the world who have taken some action on the issue.

The RSPCA says travelling circus life severely compromises the welfare of wild animals. Confinement, stressful transportation, forced training and abnormal social groupings are all a grim reality for the animals - highlighting why this out-dated spectacle needs to be consigned to the history books.

It has labelled this latest development as great news for animals, as it plans to continue working with decision-makers as the Bill continues its legislative journey.

Dr Ros Clubb, RSPCA senior scientific manager specialising in captive wild animals, said: "This vote was great news for animals - with the spectre of wild animals in travelling circuses one step closer to being consigned to Wales' history books.

"The transient nature of these circuses make things so difficult for the animals. Forced training, unsuitable accommodation, difficult journeys and unnatural social groupings all likely compromise their welfare and are a source of stress.

"We're so grateful to everyone who has backed the RSPCA's long-standing campaign on this issue. It will make such a powerful statement when this out-dated practice is finally brought to an end in Wales.

"It was also great to see politicians from across the political spectrum highlight RSPCA suggestions to further improve this important law. We look forward to continuing to work with the Welsh Government and Members of the Senedd to ensure this ban is as effective as possible, and comes into force as soon as possible."

More than 9,000 people previously backed an RSPCA Cymru petition calling for action - which paved the way for the Welsh Government to commission an independent review of evidence related to animal welfare of animals used in travelling and non-travelling circuses.

Sue Austin

By Sue Austin
Chief Reporter

Chief reporter of the Oswestry/Mid Wales office. Keen to hear your news.

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