MP calls for wild animals to be banned from circuses
MP James Heappey has pledged his support to the RSPCAs campaign
to ban the use of wild animals in circuses.
with animals recently pitched up at Highbridge's Oaktree Arena,
prompting an outcry
from some residents who were concerned for the animals' welfare.
has been revealed 18 wild animals are still used in the UK and Mr
Heappey is supporting the 'Wild Animals in Circuses Bill' in Parliament.
RSPCA says that studies show that circus life is likely to have
a "significantly harmful impact" on the welfare of many
types of animals and, as a result, an increasing number of countries
have now introduced bans on the use of wild animals in circuses.
Burnham-On-Sea MP said: "Im proud to support the RSPCA
in campaigning to bring an end to the use of wild animals in circuses."
are a nation of animal lovers, so I find it shocking that this practice
is still happening in the UK today. It is time for us to take action."
Clubb, Senior Scientific Manager for Captive Wild Animals, added:
"Wild animals do not belong in the circus. We continue to push
the Westminster Government to bring in its manifesto promise to
ban the outdated practice of using wild animals in circuses in England
as we believe these animals cannot be cared for adequately within
the current level of regulations."
touring with wild animals need to be finally consigned to the history
books. In 2018, there's simply no excuse for it."