Stop Circus Suffering

Government has time to bring in circus ban but will it act?

ADI highlights how time available to bring in legislation before election

As the bill to ban wild animals in circuses continues to be blocked by Conservative MPs – today once again by Christopher Chope – ADI is urging the Government, who have promised to introduce legislation “as soon as parliamentary time allows”, to take action once and for all. In a letter to Defra Minister Lord De Mauley ADI highlights how there is indeed the time needed to bring in the ban before the General Election.

Without action from Government, the proposed implementation date of December 2015 for the legislation is unlikely to be met, as the Wild Animals in Circuses Bill introduced by Jim Fitzpatrick MP continues to be blocked by Conservative MPs.

The circus Bill was today blocked for a sixth time but will be put forward again for a second reading on December 5th. When challenged today in Parliament as to why he is blocking the Bill, Mr Chope stated “I believe his Bill should be a Government Bill, because it was promised by the Government.” The MP previously stated he had blocked the bill because he believes that it should be “debated properly”. However, the issue has been debated at length and were the Bill allowed to pass, it would be scrutinised line by line. Conservative MPs Andrew Rosindell and Phillip Davies have also blocked the circus Bill on previous occasions.

This ban is long overdue, with the Government first committing to prohibit wild animal acts more than two years ago, and draft legislation published and scrutinised by an EFRA committee over a year ago. It has also been four years since Defra’s public consultation found 94.5% of respondents backed a ban, and three years since the House of Commons voted unanimously in favour of the measure.

As outlined in our letter to Lord de Mauley this week, there is clearly time for the promised legislation to be passed. Since the Queen’s Speech in June, the House of Commons has sat for 66 days, of which just 36 were taken up by Government business. The Queen’s Speech itself contained only 11 Bills, the lowest number for at least 20 years and fewer than the Queen’s Speech prior to the last election, when the session was five months shorter. The Government has even been allocated un-allotted opposition days for debate, with the Chief Whip also reported as having told MPs there will be no significant votes on a Thursday to enable them to campaign in the General Election.

With around 60 sitting days left until Parliament is dissolved for the General Election, and the majority of Bills set out in the Queen’s Speech having received a Second Reading, there is ample time for legislation to pass and for the will of the public and parliament to be met.

IT’S TIME TO STOP CIRCUS SUFFERING IN BRITAIN!

Comments

  1. Vanessa Pigou · 28 November 2014 at 3:51a

    IT’S TIME TO STOP CIRCUS SUFFERING IN BRITAIN!

  2. Vincent Breslin · 28 November 2014 at 3:51a

    Aren’t there laws against cruelty to animals?

  3. Maria Schulz · 28 November 2014 at 3:51a

    Stop this horror!!!

  4. Evelyn harley · 28 November 2014 at 3:51a

    STOP THIS OUTDATED ABUSE OF ANIMALS.

  5. Carol Brooks · 28 November 2014 at 3:51a

    Please… It’s time…

  6. Leigh Campbell · 28 November 2014 at 3:51a

    No animal deserves to be in a circus for entertainment.

  7. Sue Hammond · 28 November 2014 at 3:51a

    There is no LEGITIMATE reason why this bill should not be passed. Whilst the government is dithering and members trying to justify their existence, these WILD animals are suffering. The UK is miles behind many other countries in not making this happen. We should be taking the lead in this and setting a good example to all. Please make it happen.

  8. Lilly ghomeshy · 28 November 2014 at 3:51a

    please ban animals in the circus

  9. kaatje adams · 28 November 2014 at 3:51a

    Stop animal suffering in circuses! !!!

  10. Heather Shedlock · 28 November 2014 at 3:51a

    stop this creulty … The time is NOW

  11. lisa · 28 November 2014 at 3:51a

    Hear our voice for these poor animals that cannot speak for themselves !!!!! no one needs or wants to see animals suffer like this!
    Hear us

  12. Marian Moyna · 28 November 2014 at 3:51a

    Please pass bill

  13. Kim Platts · 28 November 2014 at 3:51a

    please do this as soon as possible

  14. Kim Platts · 28 November 2014 at 3:51a

    ASAP please

  15. catherine falsay · 28 November 2014 at 3:51a

    Britain needs to stop living in the dark ages, animals being exploited for human entertainment is an outdated and barbaric practice!! Introduce new legislation and enforce an immediate ban on circus animals

  16. Cheryl Conley · 28 November 2014 at 3:51a

    Please stop animal suffering in circuses!

  17. Hans · 28 November 2014 at 3:51a

    Please stop exploiting animals for entertainment and self-interest purposes.

  18. Robert and Marilyn Meyers · 28 November 2014 at 3:51a

    We must evolve into a more humane society!

  19. Shaylen Snarski · 28 November 2014 at 3:51a

    Enough is ENOUGH!!!! STOP this ARCHAIC, NEANDERTHAL practice of slavery and abuse!!!!!!!

  20. Danielle Marie · 28 November 2014 at 3:51a

    STOP BEING SICK DOUCHES and RUINING THESE TIGERS LIVES!!!!!!

  21. Michele claire · 28 November 2014 at 3:51a

    We need to stop circus’ so and all forms of animal abuse

  22. Michele claire · 28 November 2014 at 3:51a

    All forms of animal abuse need to be stopped including circuses

  23. valerie mesa · 28 November 2014 at 3:51a

    Please have a heart and end this needless suffering.

  24. sharon williams · 28 November 2014 at 3:51a

    do the right thing keep your promise and bring in the ban

  25. Judy Brooker · 28 November 2014 at 3:51a

    Do your job and get this ban in place. We are lagging behind 3rd world countries and are once again hosting a circus with wild animals as they can see the weakness of this useless Tory government. Shame on you!

  26. ulla pade · 28 November 2014 at 3:51a

    please stop using wild animals in cirkus

  27. Geraldine Raphael · 28 November 2014 at 3:51a

    we are all behind you, bless you for your work

  28. Connie Keys · 28 November 2014 at 3:51a

    I’m signing because as a colonialist I am disgusted by the 3rd world mentality. These animals are not here
    For entertainment they belong in the bush set them free
    From the cruelty of circus ownership

  29. Sheryll Punneo · 28 November 2014 at 3:51a

    STOP the cruelty !!

  30. Lexie Cataldo · 28 November 2014 at 3:51a

    Britain is falling far behind in showing compassion for fellow living beings. You have the power to change this. What kind of legacy will YOU leave behind?

  31. Ani Avetisyan · 28 November 2014 at 3:51a

    Please ban circus and save poor animals

  32. Jaime Noddings · 28 November 2014 at 3:51a

    Please protect these animals from this abuse and exploitation.

  33. Julie Bennett · 28 November 2014 at 3:51a

    Stop stalling on this – people have made their wishes clear so do your job and act.

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