Part of Wild Animals in Circuses (No. 2) Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 10:15 am on 22nd May 2019.

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Photo of Pauline Latham Pauline Latham Conservative, Mid Derbyshire 10:15 am, 22nd May 2019

The hon. Gentleman mentions banning circus owners from owning wild animals. It was clear from yesterday’s evidence session that those circus owners are very fond of those animals and would be distraught if they were taken away. Will the hon. Gentleman clarify whether he intends that to be the consequence of what he said, or is it only following a breach that they would lose their animals? It seems unfortunate if he thinks that they should lose their animals instantly; they are obviously very fond of the animals and feel as if they are part of the family.