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Scotland bans use of “wild” animals in travelling circuses

LIBBY BROOKS: ‘Scotland has become the first country in the UK to ban the use of wild animals in travelling circuses. Animal welfare campaigners said the legislation, which was passed by the Scottish parliament on Wednesday afternoon, was leading the way for the Westminster government to follow suit.

The director of the animal rights group Peta, Elisa Allen, said: “Captivity is a living hell for animals such as tigers and lions, and a circus environment can’t possibly meet their complex needs. “These animals are understandably frustrated, stressed and depressed from a lifetime of being denied the opportunity to do anything that’s natural and important to them, kept caged in trailers that are hauled around the country, and forced to perform confusing tricks under the big top out of some Victorian-era sense of amusement”…

Jan Creamer, the president of Animal Defenders International, said: “The public called for a ban, and the Scottish government and parliament listened, banishing travelling circuses with wild animals forever. Meanwhile, England continues to sit on its hands, and a bill nearly five years old – no more delays, it’s time to stop circus suffering”.’ SOURCE…

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