Stop Circus Suffering

Hollywood star Rhys Ifans slams wild animal circuses

Governments of Wales and England urged to fulfil circus ban pledges

Pembrokeshire-born Hollywood star and musician Rhys Ifans, known for his role in Notting Hill, has joined Animal Defenders International to help wild animals forced to perform in circuses. Giving his support to our Stop Circus Suffering campaign, Rhys said: “Like bear baiting, witch burning and the “Welsh not”, this cruel practice belongs in the past.”

Rhys joins a host of celebrities, conservation experts, vets and wildlife experts backing our call for legislation to prohibit wild animal circus acts, and in opposing ‘An evening with lions and tigers’ which has been prevented from performing in England over welfare failings and is now touring Wales where regulations for wild animals in circuses do not apply.

Two lions and three tigers appear under the guise of education in the show, which has been met with public and political opposition, protests and petitions as it tours Wales, with an appearance in Bridgend cancelled last week.

A ban on wild animal acts in England, to be adopted in Wales, was announced in 2012 and draft legislation published the following year.  Government inaction in progressing the matter has allowed the return of performing big cats to Britain, and two circuses to continue to perform with and acquire additional wild animals.

ADI thanks Rhys for speaking out on behalf of the lions, tigers and other wild animals who continue to suffer for entertainment and urges the Welsh Assembly and British Government to urgently move forward with their plans to prohibit such acts once and for all.

If you agree that wild animal acts belong in the past please take action today!


  1. Nadine Hoesdorff · 12 October 2015 at 3:28a

    This should be stopped. No circus, aquarium and earth animals should pose for money. They should stay in peace in their own living space.

  2. Anne Preston · 12 October 2015 at 3:28a

    We are in the 21st century! Not the dark ages!

  3. L Beavon · 12 October 2015 at 3:28a

    We all know that this is cruelty how would you feel if a family member was taken trained tortured to perform for making money in the name of entertainment we need to stop this now.

  4. Joii · 12 October 2015 at 3:28a

    Please stop the madness

  5. Lara van Rooyen · 12 October 2015 at 3:28a

    This is 2015, we are more aware, more conscious, more sustainable and more caring. Time to stop the stupidity of animal cruelty for entertainment. We humans are not that special that gentle giants have to do tricks for people. This is insane. The UK should be showing the way.

  6. rachel nunn · 12 October 2015 at 3:28a

    Im disgusted the government still haven’t banned circuses. They have gone back on their word. These places are unatural and cruel.

  7. Dianne Burke · 12 October 2015 at 3:28a

    This must stop.NOW! I have been waiting for Animal Rights recognition for over 70 Years! I want to see animal freedom from human enslavement in my lifetime. No more hesitation … There is enough human support to get this passed without further hesitation!

  8. Constance Huel · 12 October 2015 at 3:28a

    Stop this nonsense!

  9. Deana Rogers · 12 October 2015 at 3:28a

    This is disgusting in so many ways. Please stop using animals for entertainment!!!!!

  10. Leigh Brownsmith · 12 October 2015 at 3:28a

    Circuses that exploit any animals are barbaric and need to banned. This has got to stop! It’s animal abuse. Don’t buy tickets!

  11. Chris J Quinn · 12 October 2015 at 3:28a

    This cruel, barbaric treatment if animals belongs in a long ago century! End this cruelty now!

  12. Lyndsey Benhaddouch · 12 October 2015 at 3:28a

    Stop the cruelty!

  13. Ashley Baillargeon · 12 October 2015 at 3:28a

    Please put an end to this inhumane treatment of animals. It is sad and awful, and it needs to stop. These animals live in deplorable conditions and are tortured to perform tricks for money. They often receive little to no medical treatment. Please be the change to end this treatment.

  14. alexia abnett · 12 October 2015 at 3:28a


  15. Louisa Zaoussi · 12 October 2015 at 3:28a


  16. Coryanne Cook · 12 October 2015 at 3:28a

    Wild animals belong in the wild, not performing circus tricks for cheap laughs. Please keep wild animals out of circuses.

  17. Dovie Miller · 12 October 2015 at 3:28a

    These cats should not be used for entertainment. This is animal cruelty. They should be in their natural habitat or at a rescue santuary.

  18. Carol Taylor · 12 October 2015 at 3:28a

    No animal should be forced to perform I’m public.

  19. oyun oyna · 12 October 2015 at 3:28a

    Your blog is a success, very complete. Ahhh when passion is there, everything is 🙂

  20. pkrskjsjdng · 12 October 2015 at 3:28a

    You do have a fabulous blog thanks. Tiffany Herve Cami

  21. fdglşasfkşgkfkşgdfş · 12 October 2015 at 3:28a

    I just started my blog a few months ago and discovered this site just two weeks now, and wow…So grateful for you. Thanks for the post. awesome.. Abigail Shamus Cole

  22. mobil kelebek · 12 October 2015 at 3:28a

    I just like the helpful information you provide in your articles

Leave a comment on this story

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.