Animal Welfare: Circuses

Environment Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 4th July 2012.

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Photo of Greg Knight Greg Knight Chair, Procedure Committee

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she plans to lay regulations before Parliament to restrict the use of wild animals in travelling circuses.

Photo of James Paice James Paice The Minister of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

My written ministerial statement on 1 March 2012, Hansard, columns 41-42W, confirmed that we intend to introduce legislation to ban the use of such animals on ethical grounds. A ban will be implemented as soon as parliamentary time allows. In the meantime, we will introduce a new licensing scheme to protect the welfare of wild animals in travelling circuses via regulations. We hope to lay those regulations before Parliament before summer recess.

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