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It’s official: “Wild” animals to be banned from circuses in England by 2020

LUCY PASHA-ROBINSON: ‘The use of wild animals by travelling circuses will be banned from 2020, the Government has pledged, following a long-running campaign by animal welfare advocates to outlaw the practice… The announcement was made at a review of the Welfare of Wild Animals in Travelling Circuses (England) Regulations 2012, that were introduced as an interim measure ahead of the ban…

Activists have long accused circuses of beating, starving and keeping their animals in unsanitary conditions while they are made to perform for crowds. Jan Creamer, president of Animal Defenders International, congratulated the government for keeping their promise… Similar bans have recently been passed in Ireland and Scotland, and are under discussion in Wales’. SOURCE…

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