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Public opinion polls over the years have shown consistent support for a ban on wild animals in travelling circuses.

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Public opinion polls over the years have shown consistent support for a ban on wild animals in travelling circuses. It is a popular move with the public. Banning the use of animal acts from circuses has also been tested politically and enforced on local authority land.

  • 2013 YouGov poll; public were asked whether certain species should or should not be allowed to be used in travelling circuses:
Species Should (%) Should not (%)
Lions 13 78
Tigers 12 79
Bears 9 81
Elephants 16 74
Snakes 30 57
Camels 21 79
Zebras 17 73
Racoons 19 67
Parrots 39 48

 

  • 2011 ComRes poll for ADI
    -71% of the public backed a ban.
  • 2011 Dods Parliamentary Poll for ADI asked 100 MPs whether the government should ban the use of wild animals in circuses rather than let the industry self-­‐regulate:
    – 63% of MPs agreed or strongly agreed
    – 14% disagreed or strongly disagreed
    – 6% did not respond.
  • 2005 MORI Poll for ADI showed:
    – 65% say ban all animal circus acts.
    – 80% say ban all wild animal circus acts.
    – Only 7% strongly opposed the call for a ban.

This poll also revealed that more than twice as many people were visiting animal-­‐free circuses as opposed to those with animals.

– In the previous 5 years, attendance at animal-­‐free circuses had risen from 6%       to 16%.
– Animal circuses remained slumped at 7% attendance.
– The most popular forms of animal entertainment attended were: aquariums       (50% of respondents), zoos (39%) and safari parks (22%).

  • 2004 NOP for ADI:
    – 63% of the public wanted to see all animal acts banned from circuses
    – Only 8% strongly disagreed
  • 1999 MORI poll for ADI:
    – 72% wanted wild animals banned
  • Over 200 local authorities (with support of local communities) have bans on animal circuses (over two thirds all animals; remainder wild animals)

ADI surveyed 318 Local Authorities:
– 39% had banned all animal acts
– 17% had banned just wild animal acts
– 22.5% continued to allow animal circuses
– 21.5% said they never received requests from circuses with animals

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