Traveling circuses in the UK will no longer be able to use wild animals in their shows thanks to a new bill from the UK government, ending the cruel use of animals for the purpose of performance.
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According to the Government website, Environmental Secretary Michael Gove successfully announced the new bill on May 1st. In relation to the bill, Gove (famous for not being able to clap properly amongst other things) said:
“Travelling circuses are no place for wild animals in the 21st century and I am pleased that this legislation will put an end to this practice for good,”
“Today’s announcement follows other measures we have taken to strengthen our position as a world leader on animal protection. This includes our ban on ivory sales to protect elephants, and delivering Finn’s Law to strengthen the protection of service animals.”
The ban is a strong political move as most of the British public are apparently strongly in favor of the banning of wild animals in circus shows, with polls showing that ‘94.5 percent’ were for the move in a government consultation last year.
Frankly, I don’t see how anyone could really be opposed to this idea, wild animals are not simply things for us to gawp at having been forced to perform grim spectacles, we’re past this as a society surely?
According to the UK Government report, some of the wild animals being forced to perform in shows around the UK currently includes the likes of Reindeer, Zebra’s and Camels. All of these are fantastic creatures who have much more importance than simply as throwaway entertainment pieces.
The spectacle of seeing animals like that living their lives freely and unimpeded by human interaction is surely a more wonderful spectacle?