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Consultation to ban wild animals in travelling circuses in Wales launched

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The Welsh Government has launched a consultation into legislation to ban the use of wild animals in travelling circuses in Wales.

The eight week consultation will seek the public’s views.

There are no circuses using wild animals based in Wales, but when they visit there have been calls to ban the practice.

Under the proposed bill, travelling circuses will not be permitted to use wild animals.

We believe that wild animals should be treated with dignity and respect as sentient beings, and not objectified or perceived as commodities for our entertainment.

A ban will send a clear message that the people of Wales believe this practice to be an outdated notion and ethically unacceptable.

We want future generations of children and young people to develop respectful and responsible attitudes towards animals. I would urge everyone with an interest to give their views on our proposals and take part in the consultation.

It is important to stress the Bill is not about the use of all animals in circuses or other forms of entertainment, but instead the use of wild animals in travelling circuses in Wales.

– abinet Secretary for Energy, Planning and Rural Affairs, Lesley Griffiths

The consultation will be open to responses until 26 November 2018.