Shoppers Back Circus Animal Ban


by Gregg Evans, Birmingham Mail

Birmingham shoppers have backed moves to outlaw the use of wild animals in circuses.While most big top attractions have already moved away from featuring animals in their acts, four circus troupes still use them. A total of 38 beasts, including camels, tigers, snakes, lions, zebras, elephants and even crocodiles, are thought to be in use. Now ministers have launched a consultation scheme to consider the introduction of tighter rules, self-regulation or banning wild animals from entertainment venues.

Max Pemberton, aged 63 and from Erdington said: “Sometimes it can be cruel on animals so I’m fully behind it.” Marie Beglun, from Stechford, is also hoping to see a ban imposed.“It is wrong that these animals are kept in the circus and I agree there should be a ban introduced,” she said.

“It’s clear that they go through times of discomfort which is not right.” Mum Kelly McKain said she had never been keen on circuses and felt that animals should not be involved in the entertainment.

“I’ve never taken my kids to a circus so we’re not really into that scene.

“But I think it would be a good idea to introduce the ban because it is a bit cruel.”

Castle Bromwich resident Jane Zupater also agreed that a ban was the right way forward. “I agree that there should be a ban as it’s sometimes cruel on the animals.” But Elizabeth Robinson, from Erdington, said she thought circus operators did a good job with the animals.

“I think they are looked after very well so I don’t see the need to ban them,” she said.

Nationally, it has been claimed a majority of the British public supported a ban on the use of animals in circuses. Jan Creamer, chief executive of welfare and conservation organisation Animal Defenders International, said two-thirds of the public were in favour of ending the use of animals in circuses. “It’s a disgrace that in 21st-century Britain, animals are still being beaten up and chained up in the name of so-called entertainment,” she said. A spokesman for the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs said: “We care about animals and aim to ensure that all kept animals are treated in an appropriate and humane way.”


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