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Take Action: Campaign to end wild animal circuses in Scotland

The analysis of a recent Scottish Government consultation on the use of wild animals in circuses showed 98% support among respondents in favour of a ban.

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Animal charity OneKind are now asking people to keep up the pressure for a ban and to email the Cabinet Secretary and MSPs.

The 98% result is a fantastic one and shows that public opinion is overwhelmingly on our side when it comes to consigning to history the outdated and cruel practice of exploiting wild animals in the name of entertainment.

Whilst there have been no wild animal circuses based in Scotland for a significant time, circuses with wild animals have toured to Scotland in recent years. Then, in late 2014, a big cat circus trainer moved his animals from England to a farm near Fraserburgh, Aberdeenshire. The move triggered an outcry from members of the public, animal welfare experts and parliamentarians alike and led to demands being made upon the Scottish Government to implement a ban as soon as possible.

In 2012 the UK Government introduced a draft bill to ban wild animals in circuses but since that time there has been no meaningful progress towards implementing the necessary legislation to outlaw the continued use of wild animals in circuses. Scotland now has a unique opportunity to lead the way in ending the exploitation of wild animals in circuses.

OneKind along with the Born Free Foundation want to see the Scottish Government implement an immediate ban on the use of wild animals in circuses. You can help make this a reality by sending an email to the Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs asking him to implement legislation to ban wild animals in circuses as soon as possible, and also your own MSP. who can press the Scottish Government to take action.

You can read the full consultation analysis here.

*** Sign the petition here: http://action.onekind.org/ea-action/action?ea.client.id=75&ea.campaign.id=40006&ea.url.id=427601 ***

Thank you for supporting this campaign and taking action to ban the use of wild animals in circuses.

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RSPCA slams circus rebranded as an ‘educational evening’

The RSPCA is calling for swift enactment of a ban after a travelling show using wild animals relabelled itself as an educational performance.

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The Society has long been campaigning for a ban on the use of wild animals in circuses and, if introduced, a draft Bill would make it an offence for any circus operator to use a wild animal in performance or exhibition in a travelling circus in England.

Now that one show has rebranded their performance as an educational event, RSPCA officials are calling for the ban to be enacted as quickly as possible to prevent big cats being hauled around the country in the name of entertainment.

RSPCA senior scientific officer Dr Ros Clubb said: “We are deeply concerned about the welfare of lions and tigers involved in this, or any other, travelling training display or show.

“We believe that many animal lovers could be duped into attending the show as they may be under the impression that this show helps the animals in some way when this is actually just a circus by another name. We strongly urge people to vote with their feet, and give this tour a miss.

“The impact of these travelling shows on animal welfare is serious and potentially debilitating for each and every animal involved. Animals are forced to endure the constant travel, cramped temporary cages and noisy conditions in that kind of environment.

“This show is the perfect example of why the ban on wild animals in circuses needs to be introduced quickly and the draft legislation also needs to clearly outline what a circus is.

“This show may be masquerading as an educational event but the simple fact is that it is still a circus and the way these animals are being kept will be exactly the same.

“There is nothing educational about seeing these animals in this kind of environment and there is no justification for keeping wild animals in this way.

“Shows like this will never be able to keep wild animals in a way that provides acceptable standards of welfare and placing an animal in surroundings unsuitable for the species can cause serious stress and behavioural problems.

“The circus is not the greatest show on earth, it is the saddest show on earth for the wild animals used and it is a practice that needs to be abolished.”

The RSPCA is urging people in England to contact their MP to help bring about a ban on the use of wild animals in circuses to help these long forgotten animals.

Article taken from: http://media.rspca.org.uk/media/pressreleases/details/-/articleName/PressRSPCASlamsCircusRebrandedAsAnEducationalEvening7Jul15

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