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Three quarters of public 'support ban on wild animals in circuses'

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The RSPCA Cymru's been surveying our attitude to wild animals in Wales.

It says the term 'wild animal' means different thing to different people. But the charity classes them as those that are not normally domesticated. The list ranges from badgers to nesting birds, and includes pet snakes and elephants in captivity.

Its report found:

  • 74 percent of the public support a ban on wild animals performing in circuses in Wales after hearing that other European countries have banned animal performances in circuses.
  • 72 percent of those polled in Wales support a ban on the keeping of all primates as pet and recommends that the keeping of primates as pets is banned.

It wants more funding to investigate trade in exotic animals and spot checks on animal sanctuaries. It is also calling for a ban on sky lanterns and snares.

It is hoped this report can be a valuable guide to what is happening in Wales with regard to wild animal welfare and means that problems can be identified and addressed, solutions established, and positive learning replicated across different issues.

– Claire Lawson, Assistant director external relations, RSPCA Wales

We in Wales are at the forefront of implementing higher animal welfare standards.

The Wales Animal Health and Welfare Framework sets out our vision for continuing and lasting improvements in standards for kept animals whilst also helping to protect public health and contributing to the economy and the environment.

The Framework represents a significant opportunity for us to focus on delivery to achieve the highest standards of animal health and welfare and this indicator report, which contains a snapshot of some of the animal welfare concerns, provides a baseline of available data and recommendations for improvements.

– Rebecca Evans AM, Deputy Minister for Farming and Food


Reeves & Mortimer cancel show after heart surgery

Comedian Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer have cancelled their upcoming Cardiff show after Mortimer underwent heart surgery.

Bob Mortimer (right) has been told to rest following heart surgery. Credit: PA

The show "25 Years of Reeves and Mortimer – The Poignant Moments" was due to be held at the Motorpoint Arena on Saturday 21st November.

Bob Mortimer has undergone a successful triple bypass heart operation but has been told to rest for several weeks.

All ticket holders should contact their point of purchase for a full refund.

Bob would like to thank his Consultant and all the nursing staff at the hospital for looking after him so well.

He now needs several weeks to fully recover, so unfortunately the first leg of the UK tour will be cancelled.Bob very much hopes to be fit and well enough to perform the second leg in January next year.

– Spokesperson for Bob Mortimer

Missed tonight's programme on the £6.3m restoration of Pontypridd's Lido? Catch up here:

Behind the scenes access of the story behind the new National Lido of Wales. A £6.3 million project to rebuild the Pontypridd Baths, 90 years after their glory days.

How does a Lido go from this:

Pontypridd’s Lido was one of the few still standing in the 80s but, fell into decline and closed in 1991. Credit: ITV Cymru Wales

to this:


Sir Tom Jones reveals wife's battle with depression

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Sir Tom Jones has admitted his wife of nearly sixty years has been battling depression since she was young.

Speaking to the Sunday Times magazine, Sir Tom said his wife Linda has 'lost her spark' and let herself go.

The Welsh singer called his marriage of 58 years 'rock solid', and said 'all the rest was fun and games'.

He has previously said he would not be able to carry on singing if his wife died.

Mrs Jones has emphysema and has twice had brushes with cancer. The pair have been married since Jones was sixteen.

She's the most important thing in my life. An unbelievable woman. Linda is the love of my life and she still is, even though she doesn't look like she did.

I don't look like I did either, but I try my best.

– Sir Tom Jones

Singer Katherine Jenkins gives birth to baby girl

Classical singer Katherine Jenkins has announced that she has given birth to a baby girl.

Taking to Twitter Katherine from Neath said her daughter had been called Aaliyah Reign Levitas and she weighed seven pounds when she was born in New York.

Mummy is recovering well and Daddy couldn't be prouder of his two gorgeous princesses. Cwtches all round.

– Katherine Jenkins

Jenkins married American film director and artist Andrew Levitas in 2014.

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