Support for ban on wild animals in circuses

The RSPCA is writing to ask for urgent support to encourage your local MP to attend a debate and vote for a ban on the use of wild animals in circuses on Thursday 23 June at 3pm.

A backbench debate at the House of Commons will take place to raise this issue and urge the government to rethink their strategy for licensing the use of wild animals in circuses. It is vitally important that as many MPs as possible attend and vote and we are co-hosting a drop in surgery in the Boothroyd Room in Portcullis House on the 23rd from 14.00-16.00 to answer any questions MPs may have.

The RSPCA believes wild animals simply should not be used as part of circuses and that no other wild animals should have to endure circus life like Anne the elephant and others have done. Successive polls show the majority of the public agree and 94% of those who responded to the public consultation on this supported a ban.

It is clearly wrong for animals like elephants, tigers and lions to be housed in enclosures that are far too small for them and to spend most of the summer season being moved from site to site. For over 90% of the day they are housed in enclosures ¼ of the size of those recommended in zoos, or even tethered to pegs in the ground, unable to move more than a few metres.

David Bowles, RSPCA Director of Communications, Wilberforce Way, Southwater RH13 9RS by email