Demand Freedom from Circuses for ALL animals!

Freedom for Animals is a UK charity dedicated to advocating on behalf of animals used in the entertainment sector. We are petitioning the UK Government to enact new legislation to bring about the complete end to the use of live animals in circuses.

Freedom for Animals has undertaken a lengthy research project to monitor the movements and performances of the remaining animal circuses in the UK. What we found was a shocking disregard for the licensing scheme intended to protect animals, and a woeful lack of enforcement by the Local Authorities whose responsibility it is to inspect and regulate circuses using animals. The result of this is animals showing clear signs of distress, neglect, and even injuries being sustained during performances.

Whilst the Wild Animals in Circuses Act 2019 made great strides to protect 'animals not commonly domesticated in the UK' from being made to perform in circuses, the lives of domestic animals were left behind. Circuses continue to subject innocent, sentient beings to dangerous, difficult, and demeaning tricks, as well as months on end of inadequate housing, frequent long journeys, and cramped conditions. We also found that one circus was still travelling with a camel - an animal supposedly protected by The Act. And what's worse, they were doing so with the knowing consent of their licensing authority!

Animals deserve better than this, and we can give it to them by making legislative changes to protect all animals from the circus once and for all.

Following extensive research, and the publication of our report, Lives Left Behind, we are asking that the UK Parliament:

- Amends The Wild Animals In Circuses Act 2019 to specify that wild animals are not allowed to travel with circuses, regardless of whether they are performing.
- Introduces additional legislation to ban the use of any animals in travelling performances.

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