Monday, 8 July 2019

Wild animals in circuses to be banned in Wales under new law


Plans to ban the use of wild animals in travelling circuses in Wales are moving a step closer.

New legislation, bringing Wales in line with Scotland, will be introduced to the assembly on Monday.

Welsh Government rural affairs minister Lesley Griffiths said wild animals should be "treated with respect".

Her proposals have been welcomed by the RSPCA but a man described as Britain's last lion tamer, Thomas Chipperfield, said the new law was "illiberal".

The Welsh Government said the new law was "overwhelmingly backed" in a recent consultation which had more than 6,500 responses.

There are now only two circuses, which regularly visit Wales, travelling the UK with wild animals.

Similar laws have been passed in Scotland and the Republic of Ireland, while legislation to outlaw the practice in England is currently passing through Parliament.

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