Breaking News! Welsh Government Confirms Plans To Ban Wild Animals In Circuses!

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Valentine’s Day in Wales marks the day an official announcement was made that the Welsh government plans to bring forward legislation to ban the use of wild animals in circuses.

Calling it a “momentous day for animals,” RSPCA Cymru shared the news on its Facebook page and website. The animal welfare charity has led the campaign on this issue for approximately two decades, with more than 9,000 signing an RSPCA petition urging action.

While there are no circuses based in Wales, they do visit.

Polling has also consistently demonstrated a clear will for action with 74% of people in Wales supporting the ban.

According to the organization, an announcement was previously made regarding the introduction of a licensing scheme for mobile animal exhibits (MAEs) in Wales, including circuses, but the Welsh Government has now confirmed it is “exploring opportunities to bring forward legislation to ban the use of wild animals in circuses in Wales”.

“This ban makes a huge statement about how highly animal welfare is regarded in Wales, and how this country wants to treat our fellow living creatures,” said Claire Lawson, RSPCA Cymru Assistant Director of External Relations. “RSPCA Cymru will now work closely with the Welsh Government and all stakeholders to ensure this ban becomes a reality as soon as possible.”

The Welsh Government’s announcement will ensure that Wales becomes the latest country to introduce an outright ban on the practice of wild animals in circuses.

Scotland passed a ban on the issue in December 2017, measures have been promised in England when UK parliamentary time allows, and a ban came into effect in the Republic of Ireland on January 1, 2018.

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