UK Ban All Wild Animals in Circuses

“When I look at animals held captive by circuses, I think of slavery. Animals in circuses represent the domination and oppression we have fought against for so long. They wear the same chains and shackles.”
Dick Gregory – American comedian, social activist.

AT LAST! A ban on all wild animals in circuses has been passed!

By the end of 2015 there will be no performing animals in circuses here in the UK. Two years is though a long time for animals to endure the misery of constant travel and confinement , nevertheless it is a huge step forward in the fight to stop the exploitation of animals for entertainment.

The RSPCA and the Born Free Foundation have offered to help re-home circus animals

RSPCA senior scientist Dr Ros Clubb said:

“It is a great relief that the Government has listened to reason and we are back on track to getting a proper ban on the use of all wild animals in circuses.”

“As the Government has pointed out, there is absolutely no basis for protecting only a select group of wild animals, and no desire to do so from MPs, the public or animal welfare groups. No wild animals belong in a circus”.

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I am frankly shocked by some of the comments following the above article in favour of continuing the exploitation of animals in this way:

“Is this journalism? Where is the voice of the circuses? Where is the balanced reporting. According to a study by DEFRA the welfare of animals in British circuses is FINE. The public has been mislead with lies about cruelty and suffering. The animals in British circuses are healthy, mentally and physically.”

How can anyone possibly think that any animal is mentally and physically fine confined to a circus transported from venue to venue, made to perform ridiculous tricks, their freedom curtailed, their natural instincts suppressed. I wonder if the person who wrote this would like to find his or herself swinging  from a platform as was the case of the lion in the video further down

Here is a another commentator who describes the ban as dum:

“This is fairly dum.

Most animals can be domesticated.”

I think it is this person who is dum, though not a nice word, misinformed, unthinking perhaps but nonetheless misguided. Though animals can be domesticated doesn’t make it right does it. Elephants, lions and other wild animals are not here for our entertainment, they like us evolved to live the lives that nature intended in freedom, in their own environment , not to participate in childish tricks for uncaring unthinking and fickle minded people.

If anyone has any doubts and really cannot consider the injustice of treating animals this way check out the following video which clearly demonstrates the stupidity of human beings and the danger they put themselves in for the sake of so-called entertainment.

Note that unfortunately the linked video following this one on You Tube called”Skilled Elephants” is a prime example of the exploitation of these magnificent animals.

It is not often the UK government does the right thing, particularly the present government, but thankfully in this instance they have. This is a positive step forward in consigning such barbaric and unacceptable forms of entertainment to history where they rightly belong.

Now it is time to ban the exploitation of performing marine animals, animals used in sport such as dog and horse racing – well the list could go on there is so much animal abuse and exploitation which needs to be banned. Nevertheless this is a good start.

The UK joins the following countries in taking the decision to ban performing animals in circuses:

There is still a long way to go for a worldwide ban.

Please visit the following websites to learn more and take action:

There are just so many websites advocating the ban on animals in circuses it was difficult to make a selection. It is heart-warming to know that so many people care about what happens to animals. It is so easy to feel overwhelmed by the cruelty , exploitation and abuse of animals and at times it seems that no species is spared from the onslaught of unrelenting misery perpetrated against the myriad species with whom we share this world. However still there are millions of people who do not care or are indifferent to the plight of our fellow beings. Everyone knows the suffering that goes on when the lights are dimmed and the applause stops and the animals go back to their miserable existence yet this suffering continues day after day. A socially ethical and progress society should not allow such atrocities against defenceless animals.

Quotations concerning animal exploitation in circuses

“When children see animals in a circus, they learn that animals exist for our amusement. Quite apart from the cruelty involved in training and confining these animals, the whole idea that we should enjoy the humiliating spectacle of an elephant or lion made to perform circus tricks shows a lack of respect for the animals as individuals”

Peter Singer

Animal abuse is rampant in the U.S., right under everyone’s eyes, for the entertainment of the public. The brutal confinement and pain of training methods of wild animals in the circus, the aquatic and theatrical shows, leads to retaliation by the animals. Eventually they find the right time to strike out, and they will.

Tippi Hedren

“But for the use of physical punishment by, and fear of their oppressors, animals would never be a part of a circus.
Richard Pryor


4 thoughts on “UK Ban All Wild Animals in Circuses

    • Thanks for commenting. it took the UK far too long and it will not be before the end of 2015 until there are no more wild animals in circuses here. Lets hope other countries do the same.

  1. Few are aware that Richard Pryor came around to supporting freedom for all animals, thanks for using a quote by him.

    The shame of this abominable practice doesn’t belong to the oppressed ones…it belongs to the “entertained” ones and to those who profit from such demeaning and cruel activities and to whole cultures who allow this.

    • Indeed not. The entertained and those who make profit from this shameful exploitation are all complicit as are those who allow it by not speaking out. Sadly as always progress is slow and animals continue in so many other ways to be exploited for entertainment such as horse racing, and here in the UK grey hound racing , bull fighting in Spain and so on and on, the list is along one. All of which will be more difficult to ban as a result of the huge profits made from such exploitation.

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