Andrew Rosindell MP blocks bill for a second time
The bill to ban wild animals in circuses has been blocked by Conservative MP Andrew Rosindell at its second reading today. This is the second time that Mr Rosindell has blocked the bill, introduced by Jim Fitzpatrick MP and championed by ADI.
It is difficult to comprehend why anyone would block this popular and long-awaited legislation, sabotaging efforts to bring the suffering of circus animals finally to an end – although Mr Rosindell has previously written a brochure foreword for the now disbanded Great British Circus, where shocking elephant abuse was exposed by ADI.
Despite his support for this outdated industry, we sincerely hope Mr Rosindell will respect his constituents’ wishes, and the will of the public and fellow MPs, and not oppose the bill at its next reading on October 24th.
Despite interventions by Mr Rosindell, the circus bill still provides the best opportunity to secure the ban ahead of the general election.
Although the Government has repeatedly stated that it remains committed to ban what the Prime Minister calls an “outdated practice”, little progress has been made since the Government announced it would end the use of wild animals in circuses back in 2012. Legislation was drawn up over a year ago with a planned implementation date of December 2015, but has not progressed.
We therefore need you to keep up the pressure – please get active for the animals!
- Sign and share our petition calling on the Prime Minister to back to the bill