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IT is reported that Cameron will drop any intention of banning the use of ‘wild’ animals (eg tigers, elephants, crocs) in circuses, despite mountainous evidence of animal-suffering in training, confinement and performance and the overwhelming majority of public opinion. I urge readers to sign a petition at petitionbuzz.com/petitions/circusanimals. Tories are no friends to animals. At the hands of Jim Paice, the Tory minister for animal welfare and hunting, 40 million pheasants and partridges will continue to be kept in battery-cages, badgers will be massacred, vets will be withdrawn from markets, prosecutions of cruel slaughterhouse workers have been dropped and hunting remains a cherished intention.

Mike Maas, S6