The RSPCA is demanding a clear deadline date for a promised ban in England on wild animals in circuses, after doubts have been raised over the Government’s true commitment to making these promises a reality.
The RSPCA is demanding a clear deadline date for a promised ban in England on wild animals in circuses.
DEFRA announced on March 1 that it would seek a legal ban “at the earliest opportunity”, which led to hopes that the days of hauling circus animals like zebras, lions and tigers around the country for our entertainment were finally at an end.
However, as the weeks have gone by, doubts have been raised over the true commitment to making these promises a reality.
RSPCA’s chief executive Gavin Grant said: “The question which needs to be asked is: does the government intend to stay true to its word? We have been studying the details of the plans and find them vague and littered with contradictions.
He added: “Nothing short of a proper ban will safeguard the welfare of these majestic animals. Everyone who cares about these animals agrees. So let’s get on with it.”
According to the charity, detailed study of the plans have revealed that:
- The government has failed to set a deadline and remains vague about the details of a full ban.
- The licensing scheme planned for the meantime will not safeguard the welfare of animals and may encourage circuses to get more wild animals.
Further, in a letter to the RSPCA on March 30 from a civil servant at DEFRA wrote: “I am not aware we have ever suggested that the licensing scheme would be a ‘temporary’ measure…” This was despite the previously stated intentions to ban.
With this in mind, the RSPCA is asking calling on people to join it Big Stop campaign now and write to DEFRA demanding a clear date now.