Circus bill launched to show of unity
On September 3rd, 2014 Animal Defenders International, joined by social justice campaigner Peter Tatchell and supportive MPs stood united with Jim Fitzpatrick MP outside Parliament. Unable to stand by as the Government continues to stall on its promise to ban wild animals in circuses Mr Fitzpatrick, working with ADI, has taken action for the animals and introduced a bill to end such acts. We hope you will too.
Please join us in taking action for circus animals.
ADI has led the campaign to consign the use of wild animals in circuses to the history books and over the summer we have continued to keep up the pressure. With the damning footage secured by our undercover investigations, and scientific evidence, no one can be left in any doubt that the circus is no place for wild animals and that their suffering will only stop once the ban has been won.
Although the animals suffer in silence, behind the scenes, they are being given a powerful voice. An army of celebrities, MPs and people like you are championing their cause. We have also brought together animal groups to send a united message to Parliament that the ban that has been promised for several years must finally be passed.
On September 1st, ADI spearheaded an open letter to David Cameron urging him to support Jim Fitzpatrick’s bill and ensure that it is given time to pass. Ricky Gervais, Dame Judi Dench and Brian Blessed have also spoken out and in support of the bill.
We now need you – and your friends and family – for what could be the final push in winning the circus ban that we have all fought so very hard for.
PLEASE TAKE ACTION TODAY!
Urge your MP to back the bill to ban wild animals in circuses at its second reading – contact your MP here
On behalf of the animals, thank you for taking action to stop circus suffering in Britain.
Following its launch on September 3rd, the Bill had its Second Reading on September 5th however it was blocked by Andrew Rosindell MP and a new date was set, October 17th. Sadly, Mr Rosindell blocked the Bill again. The next Second Reading took place on October 24th, which was again blocked, this time by Phillip Davies. The Bill was blocked by Christopher Chope MP at its Second Reading on November 7th, November 21st, November 28th, December 5th, January 9th, January 16th, January 23rd and on 27th February. The Bill was blocked for a twelfth and final time on 6th March 2015.