LETTERS - Ban circus annimal acts

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I WOULD like to ask Mary Creagh MP to support our campaign to ban wild animal acts in travelling circuses.

A recent scientific study concluded circuses fail to provide some of the most basic welfare needs of wild animals, such as space and social groups. It is widely recognised that only a ban can protect these animals, who currently include lions, tigers, an elephant, camels, zebras and others.

In 2009, a secret camera concealed inside the elephant tent at the Great British Circus filmed elephants being hit in the face with a metal hook, a broom and a pitchfork. A CAPS undercover investigation found elephants at the same circus were chained for up to 11 hours a day.

Animal welfare minister Lord Henley is currently deciding on the future for wild animals in circuses. A DEFRA public consultation earlier this year found that 94.5 per cent of respondents supported a ban on the use of wild animals in this way.

138 MPs have now signed an Early Day Motion (in the House of Commons) calling for a ban on wild animal acts in circuses. Ms Creagh has unfortunately not yet signed the EDM.

I urge Ms Creagh to sign the EDM, and also to write to Lord Henley and ask him to introduce the ban without further delay.

Fiona Peacock

Campaigns Assistant

The Captive Animals’ 
Protection Society

PO Box 4186

Manchester

M60 3ZA