Archive for May 12, 2017

Scotland publish Bill to ban wild animal circuses!

May 12, 2017 Leave a comment

I am so happy to share this fantastic news with you! This morning, the Scottish Government published a Bill to ban the use of wild animals in circuses! Thank you so much for working so hard over the years speaking out against this cruel industry. Change is happening! 
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Once passed, the legislation will be the first outright ban on wild animal circuses anywhere in the UK, joining 18 European countries, and 35 around the world, with restrictions in place – and more in the pipeline.

Publishing the Bill is just the first stage before it becomes law and needs the support of MSPs in the Scottish parliament. 

Contact your local MSP and ask them to support the Bill, using the points below –

98% of respondents to a Scottish consultation said they thought wild animals in circuses should be banned

18 European countries and 35 around the world have bans or restrictions on animals in circuses

Scotland can lead the way on banning animal circuses in the UK

Ahead of the General Election, contact your local MPs for all political parties and ask them to include a ban in their manifesto!

We were also very happy that the Scottish Government have indicated they will also be looking into other forms of animal use in travelling entertainment, such as mobile zoos, reindeer displays and bird of prey displays. The Government have already used our research from 2016 which investigated the growth of this unregulated industry and we will be submitting more evidence when needed. 

For now, let us celebrate this progress and keep up the action until it is made into law. 


No more excuses on live exports

May 12, 2017 Leave a comment

Despite increasing opposition and protest amongst the general public, and even MPs, live exports are still occurring from the UK. For decades, successive British governments have blamed EU free trade law for their failure to ban this abhorrent trade. Now, at last, they are out of excuses.The clock is now ticking for Brexit, offering a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to ban the live export of UK farm animals. Can you help us take the final step?

If you think a long distance journey is uncomfortable – imagine spending up to 100 hours, squashed up against others, sometimes with little or no food or water, no ability to rest and no idea where you are going or why.

Tens of thousands of farm animals are exported from the UK each year. This is a massive reduction since the 1990s, when millions of animals endured this appalling trade. But we want to reduce it to zero. Together we’ve come so far – let’s end this now!

“What a Fish Knows” on KPCC’s Take Two 5/11/17

May 12, 2017 Leave a comment

The KPCC (Los Angeles NPR) station show “Take Two” aired a terrific interview this morning with Jonathan Balcombe, author of “What a Fish Knows,” which has just come out in paperback. Balcombe smashes myths about fish such as that they are primitive, dimwitted, emotionless or unfeeling. The six minute interview is a delight to listen to or read. You’ll find it on line at 
Please let KPCC know you appreciate it by leaving a comment beneath it, or even liking other comments that are already there, and by sharing the interview on social media. Or go to and choose “content issues” from the pull-down menu.