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ISPCA welcomes new Welsh government report, ‘The welfare of wild animals in travelling circuses’

The ISPCA welcomes the new Welsh Government report ‘The welfare of wild animals in travelling circuses’ and is renewing our calls for the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine to introduce a ban on the use of wild animals in circuses without further delay. The report released by the Welsh Government concluded that the welfare of wild animals in travelling circuses cannot be adequately provided for. The report stated:

“The available scientific evidence indicates that captive wild animals in circuses and other travelling animal shows do not achieve their optimal welfare requirements, as set out under the Animal Welfare Act 2006* and the evidence would therefore support a ban on using wild animals in travelling circuses and mobile zoos on animal welfare grounds.”

ISPCA CEO Dr Andrew Kelly said “In February of this year, the ISPCA launched its Big Stop campaign calling for a ban on wild animal circuses in Ireland on animal welfare and ethical grounds as travelling circuses cannot provide a suitable environment for wild animals such as tigers and elephants.  The latest scientific evidence presented in this new report released by the Welsh Government shows that the welfare of captive wild animals in travelling circuses cannot adequately be provided for. Further, the report also concludes that any education or conservation value of travelling circuses is either non-existent or marginal at best. We are therefore renewing our calls for Minister Creed and his Department to introduce plans to ban the use of wild animals in circuses in Ireland without any further delay. We believe that it is time for this out dated form of ‘entertainment’ to be consigned to the history books where it belongs.”

To find out more about the ISPCA’s Big Stop campaign, read our report titled ‘Wild Animals in Travelling Circuses’, or sign our petition calling for a ban please visit our website here.

You can read the Welsh government's report, 'The welfare of wild animals in travelling circuses' here. 

*The Animal Welfare Act 2006 refers to the legislation in England and Wales, which is equivalent to the Animal Health and Welfare Act 2013 in Ireland. 

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