MP Tessa Munt backs campaign to ban circuses
MP Tessa Munt has this week joined campaigners from Animal Defenders
International in urging the government to ban circuses in the
UK which use wild animals.
Her comments come after the Austrian Constitutional Court in
Vienna last week announced that it had thrown out an application
by a circus to overturn Austrias ban on wild animals in
circuses. The decision clears the way for a UK ban on the use
of wild animals in circuses, something which the Government has
been reluctant to support to date.
The Government said earlier this year that there were legal impediments
to a ban, and cited the upcoming Krone case.
But Tessa Munt said this week: "I am thrilled by this news
from Austria. I have been in favour of the ban for years and I
find it hard to believe that in this day and age wild animals
are still being exploited in the name of so called entertainment."
Ms Munt has approached the government asking whether the minister
involved can confirm that there are no legal obstacles at European
Union level to enact an outright ban.
Jan Creamer, Chief Executive of Animal
Defenders International, added: "This case proves
that there are no obstacles at EU level that will prevent the
UK from enacting an immediate ban. This is a wonderful Christmas
present for all the animals suffering in UK circuses. The excuses
presented by DEFRA officials in their attempts to avoid taking
action to end the suffering have been swept away. The public want
it, parliament wants it, the Government must listen, and act now."
Pictured: Tessa backing the Animal
Defenders International campain in Westminster (Photo: