In a stunning victory for animals, the British Parliament has voted to direct the government to ban wild animals in circuses. MPs across all party lines unanimously backed the directive, which, if followed, will end the use of lions, tigers, elephants, and other wild animals in circuses in England and Wales. More good news: Scotland isn’t far behind in passing a similar resolution.
Despite overwhelming support from the public and the vast majority of Parliament, some in Prime Minister David Cameron’s administration attempted to circumvent the ban by proposing regulations instead. The half-measure was met with unanimous opposition.
Animals used in circuses are torn from their families, beaten into submission, and forced to spend most of their lives in cramped transport trailers and small cages.
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The fight isn’t over quite yet. Parliament’s vote isn’t binding (it’s an order, but the government isn’t legally obligated to follow it).
Please visit PETA U.K. to urge the prime minister to impose a complete and permanent ban on the use of animals in circuses.
Written by Jennifer O’Connor