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News from Animal Defenders

Let’s start with some great news: Guatemala has banned ALL animals in circuses! The 35th country in the world to pass a national restriction on the use of animals in circuses.
Meanwhile it is eleven years since a British Government first promised a ban. Eleven years of animal misery.
When we first exposed the savagery of the British circus industry, we were promised a ban under the Animal Welfare Act 2006.

When we exposed the vicious abuse of the elephants with the Great British Circus, a public consultation was called and 94.5% of respondents demanded a ban. A ban was promised.

When we exposed the blows and kicks that rained down on poor Anne the elephant as she stood chained and helpless, back bench MPs voted unanimously instructing the government to bring forward a ban. A ban was promised and the law drafted. It was never implemented.

At the last General Election almost all Members of Parliament (98%) were elected on a manifesto commitment to ban the use of wild animals in circuses. Those promises are still unfulfilled.

I was due to meet Defra with our team next week to discuss moving the ban forward – the meeting has been cancelled following the announcement of the General Election. We are working to reschedule.  

Perhaps there are those who think we will simply give up on this, frustrated by the broken promises. We will never give up until the abuse is stopped. 

I need you to contact all your Parliamentary candidates in your area (all parties) and urge them to support a ban on wild animals in circuses.

Circus animals need you to write today to the parties as they compile their manifestos urging them to include a commitment to ban wild animals in circuses.I

I know you have done this before and the politicians have let you down, but the animals cannot afford for you to give up! HELP THEM TODAY!

A year ago this month, we completed our mission to close down all Peru’s animal circuses and I flew with Hoover the tiger and over 30 lions to new lives in Florida and South Africa. Yet lions and tigers continue to languish in circus cages in the UK.

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  1. April 23, 2017 at 13:43

    It’s absolutely shameful. I don’t know what the Tories’ problem is – except that they seem to be a party of animal-haters. It’s the same with the badger cull. No-one in the country wants it except the NFU who seem to have the Tories under their thumb:(

    • April 23, 2017 at 20:13

      Throughout history the trophy hunters have never changed.

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