The BVA has welcomed an announcement by Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon of the intention to introduce a Wild Animals in Circuses Bill.

The BVA says animals in travelling circuses are not having their welfare needs met.

The bill would seek to ban the use of all wild animals in travelling circuses in Scotland.

Responding to the announcement, BVA Scottish branch president Grace Webster said: “An opportunity to improve animal welfare has been presented and the BVA commends the Scottish Government for seizing it.

Long time coming

“This is an issue the BVA has long campaigned on and, while it may not affect a great number of individual animals in the UK, the use of wild animals in travelling circuses is emblematic of the way we treat all animals under human care – the welfare needs of non-domesticated, wild animals cannot be met within a travelling circus.

“If we want to be truly proud of the UK’s reputation for some of the highest animal welfare standards in the world, Governments in England, Wales and Northern Ireland must follow Scotland’s precedent and deliver on their long-time promises.”

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