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Animals to be banned from English circuses

CAROLINE MORTIMER: ‘”Wild” animals will be banned from circuses in England under plans reportedly due to be announced by Environment Secretary Michael Gove. The move follows a public consultation in which 94.5 per cent of the public said they would support such a ban. Animals in circuses are often subject to brutal and degrading treatment at the hands of circus masters – frequently beaten, starved and keep in unsanitary conditions while they are made to perform for crowds.

Scotland passed legislation to ban wild animals at the end of last year and over half of local authorities in the UK already refused to allow these types of circuses to perform in their boroughs. Similarly more than 40 different countries around the world, including most of Europe, Latin America and several Asian countries, have already outlawed the practice’. SOURCE…

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