Wild animals in circuses to be banned in Wales under new law


Plans to ban the use of wild animals in travelling circuses in Wales are moving a step closer. Wild animals in circuses to be banned in News Wild animals in circuses to be banned in Wales under new law BBC 4 hours ago Plans to ban the use of wild animals in travelling circuses in Wales are moving a step closer. New legislation, bringing Wales in ... New legislation, bringing Wales in line with Scotland, will be introduced to the assembly on Monday.

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Ban on wild animals in travelling circuses in Wales a step closer

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A bill due to be laid before the Assembly today, would make it illegal for travelling circuses to use wild animals such as elephants, lions, zebra and reindeer.

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The Welsh Government’s environment, energy and rural affairs minister Lesley Griffiths said: ‘The declining number of wild animals kept by travelling circuses is a clear indication the public appetite for this type of entertainment is not what it once was.


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New animal cruelty bill in England and Wales includes longer jail sentences

A new bill that will introduce tougher prison sentences for the worst animal cruelty offences in England and Wales has been welcomed by the charity World Horse Welfare.

Environment Secretary Michael Gove announced this week that The Animal Welfare (Sentencing) Bill will be introduced to parliament.

It means those who commit the worst animal cruelty offences could face up to five years in prison, a significant increase from the current maximum of six months.

‘We are encouraged that the Government has listened to calls from the public and the animal welfare sector to increase the maximum sentence for animal cruelty offences,’ the charity’s chief executive, Roly Owers, said.

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UK Government To Ban Wild Animals In Circuses Under New Legislation

Under the Wild Animals in Circuses Bill, circus operators in England will no longer be able to use wild animals. Wales to ban use of wild animals in travelling circuses Sky 12 hours ago The use of wild animals in travelling circuses could be made illegal in Wales. The Wild Animals and Circuses (Wales) Bill is ... The Government says the use of wild animals in travelling circuses has no place in modern society and does nothing to further the conservation or our understanding of wild animals.

Similar legislation has already passed in Scotland and is planned for Wales – meaning the popular UK-wide ban is within reach.

“Traveling 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,” said Michael Gove.

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Tougher prison sentences for animal abusers under new government plan

The harshest sentences will be for cruelty including dog fighting, abuse of puppies and kittens, or gross neglect of farm animals.

Mr Gove said the Animal Welfare (Sentencing) Bill will bring in the toughest punishment in Europe and strengthen the UK’s position as a global leader on animal welfare.

“There is no place in this country for animal cruelty,” he said. “That is why I want to make sure that those who abuse animals are met with the full force of the law.

“Our new Bill sends a clear message that this behaviour will not be tolerated, with the maximum five-year sentence one of the toughest punishments in Europe.

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