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Animal welfare
Government to ban the use of all wild animals in circuses

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THE Government has rejected a recommendation that it should introduce a limited list of animal species that cannot be used in travelling circuses, opting instead for an outright ban covering all wild animals.

The recommendation for a list of proscribed animals was made earlier this year by the House of Commons Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee (EFRACom) following its prelegislative scrutiny of the draft Wild Animals in Circuses Bill (VR, July 20, 2013, vol 173, pp 59-60). The draft Bill proposes introducing a ban on the use of all wild animals.

The Government's response to the committee's report was published on October 22. In it, the Government says it cannot agree with the committee's recommendation to ban only the use of big cat species …

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