Circuses: Animal Welfare

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 15th May 2019.

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Photo of Philip Davies Philip Davies Conservative, Shipley

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the potential fate of the animals that may no longer be used in circuses under the Wild Animals in Circuses (No 2) Bill.

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

The Welfare of Wild Animals in Travelling Circuses (England) Regulations 2012 require circuses using wild animals to have retirement plans in place, and these should ensure that high welfare standards should continue to apply to these animals when they are no longer used in travelling circuses.

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