Vets and welfare organisations have praised the Government after it announced it would forge ahead with a total ban on keeping wild animals in circuses.
Vets and welfare organisations have praised officials after the Government announced it would forge ahead with a total ban on keeping wild animals in circuses.
Earlier this year, the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs select committee (Efracom) suggested prohibition be limited to a ban on big cats and elephants, while continuing to allow species such as zebras and snakes.
The recommendations prompted outrage from the BVA, RSPCA, the Born Free Foundation and the Captive Animals’ Protection Society.
Defra has now stated the ban, expected to come into force in England and Wales in 2015, will include all wild animals.
A spokesman for the campaigning groups said: “We are relieved to hear the Government has firmly rejected the opinion of Efracom on this matter, and that circuses will be prevented from using wild animals in performances from the end of 2015.
“The decision reflects the strong public and parliamentary will on this issue. A travelling circus is no place for any wild animal. We will continue to work to ensure the best possible long-term outcome for the animals from the time the ban is implemented.”