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Animal Welfare
Proposed ban on wild animals in circuses
  1. M. G. I. Brash
  1. BVZS President, Ark Vets, Givendale House, Givendale, Pocklington, Yorkshire YO42 1TT
  1. e-mail: president{at}

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IT was with some concern that we read the report in Veterinary Record (April 20, 2013, vol 172, p 408) regarding the publication by Defra of a draft Bill that could introduce a ban on the use of wild animals in travelling circuses in England from December 1, 2015.

It reported that the BVA had noted that only 20 wild animals are currently performing in two licensed circuses in England. The BVA President is reported as saying that there is no space in today's society for wild animals to be used in the entertainment …

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