Ban wild animals from UK circuses
  • Petitioned David Cameron

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UK Prime Minister
David Cameron
UK Defra Minister
Lord Henley
UK Defra Minister
Caroline Spelman

Ban wild animals from UK circuses

    1. Petition by

      Animal Defenders International

Update: The UK Government has announced it does not intend to ban the use of wild animals in circuses, favouring a regulatory system instead. 

However, in making its decision, the Government has been accused of misleading the public, with the claim that court proceedings challenging the Austrian circus animal ban are active, but have been delayed. This is incorrect and the legal action was never filed, a fact which has been confirmed by The Austrian Constitutional Court.

The Defra Minister Jim Paice MP was put under intense pressure to explain the Government’s position by politicians from all parties. He admitted that his comments made regarding the legal case were incorrect.

Please sign and share this petition, and help urge the Government to turn around this decision and implement a ban on wild animals in circuses.

As well as signing this petition, you can also:

Write to your MP at: The House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA.

Write to Caroline Spelman, The House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA

Write to Lord Henley, the Minister responsible for animal welfare at: The House of Lords, London, SW1A 0WP.

For more information, contact ADI. Email at info@ad-international.org

 

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Animal Defenders International recently released shocking footage from behind the scenes at the winter quarters of Bobby Roberts Super Circus, which graphically shows violence and confinement of circus animals.

ADI secured footage over a three and a half week period from a camera observing activity in a barn where the animals are kept when not touring, which shows a staggeringly high level of violence and serious animal husbandry flaws.

Incidents included Annie (Anne), an elderly, severely arthritic 57 year old elephant being hit with a metal pitchfork and kicked around the face and body 48 times over the period of observation by workers, who are also seen beating and spitting on a camel and beating miniature ponies and horses on numerous occasions.

ADI has now exposed the shocking abuse of animals in UK circuses from several random undercover investigations over the last fifteen years. Only recently, in 2009, the beating of elephants at the Great British Circus was exposed and now in 2011 Bobby Roberts Super Circus shows that this is a way of life at the circus.

A clear pattern has been proven and this time the UK government needs to act.

Animals like elephants suffer in the travelling circus. In the name of entertainment they are beaten, jabbed with hooks and hit with pitchforks, chained up for hours every day, and pushed into metal boxes each week where they remain for hours on end whilst the circus moves to another site. And when they are meant to be resting in their winter quarters the abuse and cruelty continues.

The public wants to see a ban, Parliament wants a ban, animal protection groups want a ban. A ban is the only way to put an end, once and for all, to this deplorable violence and deprivation, and government must act now.

As well as signing this petition, you can also:

Write to your MP at: The House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA.

Write to Lord Henley, the Minister responsible for animal welfare at: The House of Lords, London, SW1A 0WP.

For more information, contact ADI. Email at info@ad-international.org

Visit ADI's website: www.ad-international.org

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Reached 5,000 signatures
    2. Progress! MPs Vote to Ban Wild Animals From Circuses

      A few weeks ago, U.K. officials claimed that a ban on wild animals in circuses wasn't possible, even suggesting that attempts to take elephants and big cats out of the Big Top would be a violation of the Human Rights Act.
      Members of Parliament didn't...

    3. European Commission Casts Doubt on Gov't's Claims About Circus Animal Ban

      "The European Commission has cast doubt on the Coalition’s claim that it cannot legally introduce a ban on wild animals in circuses because of EU legislation ... a Whitehall official ruled out any human rights implications of a ban two years ago..."

    4. From The Independent: Ministers move to block debate on circus animals

      The Speaker of the Commons, John Bercow, is being urged by MPs not to allow the Gov't to block demands for a ban on the use of wild animals in circuses. Ministers plan to head off calls for the practice to be outlawed in a Commons debate on Thursday.

    5. Reached 4,000 signatures
    6. A backbench debate on the use of wild animals in circuses will be held in the main chamber of the House of Commons next Thursday, 23rd June at 3pm.

      The backbench debate will lead to a vote, and a vote in favour of a ban will be the strongest message yet to ministers that they must reverse their decision and introduce a complete ban in place of the proposed regulation. Keep the pressure on the ministers. You can also contact your MP to let them know you support a ban on wild animals in circuses. (Find your MP here:

    7. Defra continued to hide behind excuses and unfounded legal threats during a second debate on the circus animal ban. But activists aren't giving up and will continue to pressure Parliament to take the issue to a full debate/vote.

    8. The British Veterinary Association is among the groups continuing to push for a ban on wild animals in circuses, arguing that the needs of these animals cannot be met within the environment of a traveling circus.

    9. Ten groups (including ADI) have presented a letter to the Prime Minister urging him to introduce a ban on wild animals in circuses. They wrote: “The UK’s continued failure to ban the outdated practice of using wild animals in circuses, whilst many other countries have already done so, undermines the UK’s international reputation on animal welfare.”

    10. Reached 3 signatures
    11. U.K. Debate on Performing Animal Ban Turns Into Three Ring Circus

      Despite widespread support from both the public and politicians for a ban on wild animals in circuses, U.K. officials announced they were going to pursue a licensing regime instead. Thanks to Animal Welfare Minister Jim Paice and Environment...

    12. Reached 2 signatures
    13. Following the exposure of Anne's abuse, Allerdale has banned traveling circuses with animals from council-owned land:

    14. Reached 2 signatures
    15. Anne has been moved from the circus to her new home at Lonleat Safari Park. That's great news for Anne, but now we need to make sure no other wild animals suffer the way she did by getting the ban on animal acts passed!

    16. Reached 1 signatures

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    Reasons for signing

    • ness watson BRIGHTON, UNITED KINGDOM
      • almost 3 years ago

      I'm signing BUT the government have already banned the use of animals in circus......

      http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/nature/victory-in-the-campaign-to-ban-circus-animals-2302073.html

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    • Sinead haycox MANCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM
      • almost 3 years ago

      Very very sick. How anyone could go to one of these circuses is mind boggling.

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    • Gemma Simmons FFLINTSHIRE, UNITED KINGDOM
      • almost 3 years ago

      They are called wild animals for a reason and in the wild is where they belong.

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    • susan bassett BATH, UNITED KINGDOM
      • almost 3 years ago

      Stop this abuse of animals now, it is not good entertainment

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    • Sime Validzic NOVI ZAGREB, CROATIA
      • almost 3 years ago

      In Croatia, sircuses with wild animals have been banned in 2004. I am surprised that the United Kingdom, which is usually regarded as being progressive, has not done the same.

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