Breaking! Scotland Becomes The First UK Country To Ban Wild Animals In Traveling Circuses!

In a welcomed move to improve animal welfare in the UK, a ban on the use of wild animals in traveling circuses came into effect yesterday, May 28th, 2018 in Scotland.

The Wild Animals in Travelling Circuses (Scotland) Bill prohibits the use of any wild animal in a travelling circus in Scotland on ethical grounds reflecting respect for animals and their natural behaviors.

The legislation marks the first ban on wild animal circuses anywhere in the UK, and one of 36 countries around the world with similar restrictions in place.

“The bill bans the use of wild animals in travelling circuses, which is widely considered to be morally unacceptable in the present day, Roseanna Cunningham, Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform said.

“These measures have been carefully designed to improve standards of animal welfare in Scotland,” continued Cunnigham, noting that Scotland is a nation of animal lovers and one that takes these issues very seriously.

Among the animal welfare organizations applauding Scotland for taking this game changing step in the right direction are OneKind, Animal Defenders International, Born Free Foundation, and Captive Animals’ Protection Society; all of which have been instrumental in raising awareness about the many welfare issues and concerns associated with using wild animals for entertainment purposes.

Chris Draper, Associate Director for Animal Welfare and Care at Born Free Foundation praised the Scottish government on its move to “outlaw the archaic use of wild animals in travelling circuses,” according to an article in the Sunday Post, while Jan Creamer, President of Animal Defenders International, also used the opportunity to issue a call to action for England and Wales to “step up and prohibit these outdated acts.”

WAN applauds the Scottish Government for putting a ban into effect to end archaic traveling circuses in the country, and continues to shine a light on the positive advances happening worldwild for the welfare of all animals. Together, we will put an end to the use of wild animals in circuses in every country around the globe.

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