The RSPCA is writing to ask for urgent support to encourage your local MP to attend a debate and vote for a ban on the use of wild animals in circuses.
A backbench debate at the House of Commons will take place on Thursday, June 23 at 3pm to raise this issue and urge the government to rethink their strategy for licensing the use of wild animals in circuses. It is vitally important that as many MPs as possible attend and vote and we are co-hosting a drop in surgery in the Boothroyd Room in Portcullis House on the Thursday from 2-4pm to answer any questions MPs may have.
The RSPCA believes wild animals simply should not be used as part of circuses and that no other wild animals should have to endure circus life like Anne the elephant and others have done.
Successive polls show the majority of the public agree and 94% of those who responded to public consultation on this supported a ban.
It is clearly wrong for animals like elephants, tigers and lions to be housed in enclosures that are far too small for them and to spend most of the summer season being moved from site to site. For over 90% of the day they are housed in enclosures a quarter of the size of those recommended in zoos, or even tethered to pegs, unable to move more than a few metres.
David Bowles, RSPCA director of communications
As if Col Gaddafi would be able to attend the Olympics as suggested. But, knowing this stupid world of ours, they will let him attend then let him go home and then start looking for him. That’s what we did with Hitler, remember.
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