June 25, 2011
MP backs ban on wild animals at circuses
MP has this week given her backing to calls for a ban on the use
of wild animals at circuses.
Tessa Munt supported a motion in the House of Commons calling
for the Government to use its powers under the Animal Welfare
Act 2006 to ban the use of all wild animals in circuses from 1
During the debate, she said: "Nothing short of a ban seems
to be the answer to making this absolutely clear."
"My constituent, Gerry Cottle, ran away at the age of 15
to join the circus, and very successful he has been. I spoke to
him yesterday. He said that the circus has moved on and times
have changed, and that public opinion was against 'the dinosaurs'
who use wild animals in circuses. We do not need them. He runs
a successful circus without animals, creating good old-fashioned
theatre and entertainment."
"There is no way that any circus owner could say that banning
animals from circuses was a human rights issue because it caused
loss of livelihood. Many circuses operate without animals, which
is a testament to progress. I support the motion and I trust that
the Minister will hear the clamour for a ban both in this place