Stop Circus Suffering

ADI delegation urge Cameron not to fail circus animals

20,000-strong petition presented to Downing Street calls on the Prime Minister to take action

Almost a year after the Prime Minister gave them a personal promise that wild animals in circuses would be banned, Animal Defenders International and conservationist Stanley Johnson, social justice campaigner Peter Tatchell and a host of cross-party MPs – Angela Smith, Caroline Lucas, David Amess, Jim Dowd, Mark Pritchard, Norman Baker, Tracey Crouch – returned to Downing Street to deliver a 20,000-strong petition urging David Cameron to take action to ensure the law, promised in 2012, is passed before the General Election.

Last April, the Prime Minister promised an ADI delegation headed by Stanley and Peter “We are going to do it” and has since committed to end what he calls an “outdated practice”. Despite the promises, little progress has been made, prompting a bill from Jim Fitzpatrick MP to bring the Government’s own draft legislation forward. Fitzpatrick has described it as “a small measure which will make a big difference to the wild animals currently performing in circuses across Britain. Shockingly the bill, which enjoys cross-party support, has been repeatedly blocked by a Conservative MP.

Only two circuses continue to tour with wild animals, with fewer than 20 animals. ADI revealed last week that Thomas Chipperfield, a relative of the notorious Mary Chipperfield who was prosecuted for animal cruelty following an ADI investigation and who presents the only lion and tiger circus act in Britain, will not be touring with a circus this year. The act featured in Peter Jolly’s Circus last year, attracting widespread criticism and local protests.

Both Labour and Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist Party have committed to banning the use of wild animals in circuses and ADI is urging all political parties to make election commitments to a ban.

As we help Peru and Colombia implement its animal circus bans – we currently have 30 lions and over 20 native animals in our care – it is incomprehensible that we are still trying to get the ban passed in Britain. Without immediate action, the Government will have failed the animals and the public. David Cameron must keep his promise and end the suffering of wild animals in circuses once and for all.

Take action!

  • Contact William Hague MP, Leader of the House of Commons, and ask him to allocate parliamentary time to the Wild Animals in Circuses Bill.
  • Contact Prime Minister David Cameron and ask him to fulfil the promise to end the use of wild animals in travelling circuses and ensure Parliamentary time is given to the Wild Animals in Circuses Bill.
  • Contact your MP– in person if you possibly can! – remember they probably support the Bill, but we need their help: ask them to back the Bill and press the Government to allocate time for it;  and ensure their party is committed to a ban in their manifestos
  • Make a donation– ADI is securing lasting change for circus animals around the world, help us do more!
  • Spread the word – share our posts on facebook and twitter #notgivingup #circusban


  1. Corrie Harland · 25 February 2015 at 4:12a

    Please fulfil the promise to end the use of wild animals in travelling circuses and ensure Parliamentary time is given to the Wild Animals in Circuses Bill.
    Thank you.

  2. Virginia L Boehne · 25 February 2015 at 4:12a


  3. Ali Goforth · 25 February 2015 at 4:12a

    Please free the animals and END this abuse – THEIR SUFFERING for HUMAN GREED :-/

  4. Judith Ward · 25 February 2015 at 4:12a

    The time is now to ban all animal abuse, this includes the use of all animals in circuses. Other countries are leading the way and have already banned the use of animals in circuses, notably Peru and Colombia
    It’s time for a 21st Century ENLIGHTENED attitude to all creatures, starting with implementing a ban on animal use in circuses.

  5. valerie flet · 25 February 2015 at 4:12a

    please please stop and put an end to circus suffering dont turn your head we have to act now to make it breaks my heart that these evil monsters are geting away with it.

  6. ELENI DEMETRIOU · 25 February 2015 at 4:12a


  7. Liana C.Vasconcelos Ribas · 25 February 2015 at 4:12a

    Please! Respect God’s creatures as you want to be respected. We are all divines creatures. If we are racional creatures, we have to prove it because animals do not have our irracional behavior.

  8. Deb Fowler · 25 February 2015 at 4:12a

    Please stop this horrible cruelty to circus animals; as it happens behind closed doors so people didn’t realize; We know and we support you to close the circuses to animal entertainment; Humans can supply so much acrobatic acts that it would employ more people with jobs and save these animals. Act now don’t “consider” or wait 3 years like Ringling Bros in U.S.A. Show what a good country you are as you have so much influence on the United States.

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