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!
- Urge your AM and MP to press for the promised wild animal circus ban to be urgently passed – and urge your MP to sign EDM 192 today
- Sign our petition against ‘An evening with lions and tigers’ in Wales and attend local protests when a wild animal circus comes to town
- Join the protests against the big cat show in Swansea
- Make a donation and help us expose the suffering of animals in entertainment