Circuses: Wildlife

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 14th February 2019.

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Photo of Sue Hayman Sue Hayman Shadow Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many applications were received from travelling circuses to use wild animals in (a) 2018 and (b) 2019; and (i) how many animals and (ii) of which species were listed in each application.

Photo of David Rutley David Rutley Assistant Whip (HM Treasury), Government Whip

(a) In 2018 there were two separate applications.

The first license application was for a total of five animals and included the following stocklist:

  • One zebra (equus burchelli chapmani)

  • Two camels (camelus bactrianus)

  • Two reindeer (rangifer tarandus)

The second license application was for a total of fourteen animals and included the following stocklist:

  • One camel (camelus bactrianus)

  • Four reindeer (rangifer tarandus)

  • One fox (vulpes vulpes)

  • Three raccoons (procyon lotor)

  • Three zebras (equus burchelli chapmani)

  • One zebu (bos indicus)

  • One blue and gold macaw (ara ararauna)

(b) In 2019 there has been one application to date.

This license application was for five animals and included the following stock list:

  • One zebra (equus burchelli chapmani)

  • Two camels (camelus bactrianus)

  • Two reindeer (rangifer tarandus)

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