“Leading protector of animals” now trailing behind 30 countries
ADI is urging the British Prime Minister, David Cameron, to keep his promise to ban wild animals in circuses after a backbench bill to pass the legislation was blocked today by Conservative MP Christopher Chope for the eighth time.
The Government published draft legislation to prohibit wild animals in circuses two years ago, with Defra Minister Lord de Mauley stating that it will “help ensure that our international reputation as a leading protector of animals continues into a new global era.” Since then, the Bill has been allowed to gather dust, whilst the number of nations that have passed bans has risen to 30.
Britain has now fallen behind 17 European countries including Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Greece, Malta, Portugal, Slovenia, and most recently The Netherlands which announced a ban before Christmas. Across the UK, over 200 councils have taken action themselves to ban circuses from public land.
Tabled by former Defra Minister Jim Fitzpatrick and launched with support from ADI and a cross party group of MPs, the blocked Bill – which will have another second reading on Friday 16 January – seeks to overcome the deadlock caused by Government inaction and pass the ban on wild animals in circuses before the General Election in May.
Conservative MP Christopher Chope who has now blocked the Bill on five occasions has previously said in the House of Commons that this should “be a Government Bill, as it was promised by the Government”. With Conservative MPs continuing to block the Bill, the only way the ban can be implemented this year is for David Cameron to introduce the Bill in Government time, which would ensure it can reach the statute book before the General Election.
ADI has offered to help rehome Britain’s wild animals, having previously rescued 29 lions whilst assisting the Bolivian government enforce its animal circus ban, which is the subject of the multi-award winning and critically acclaimed film LION ARK. ADI is now working with authorities in Peru and Colombia to enforce their wild animal circus bans and is currently caring for 30 lions, 12 monkeys and many other animals as part of its Operation Spirit of Freedom mission.
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- Contact your MP today and ask them to urge David Cameron to keep his promise and allow the Bill to pass before the General Election
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