Sue has joined colleagues from across Parliament, and the RSPCA, in calling on the Government to ban the use of wild animals in circuses, as it is revealed that eighteen wild animals are still used in circuses in the UK today.
Public opinion polls consistently show majority support for a ban, with the UK falling behind other countries in taking action. Sue has been working closely with the RSPCA on this issue, and is supporting Copeland MP Trudy Harrison’s Wild Animals in Circuses Bill in Parliament.
“I’m proud to support the RSPCA in campaigning to bring an end to the use of wild animals in circuses. We are a nation of animal lovers, so I find it shocking that this practice is still happening in the UK today. It is time for the Government to take action.
“Circuses are wholly unsuitable environments for wild animals, with repeated studies showing that circus life is likely to have a significantly harmful impact on the welfare of many types of animals. An increasing number of countries have now introduced bans on the use of wild animals in circuses, leaving the UK lagging behind on this important issue of animal welfare.
“A total ban is long overdue and is supported by the public. With the existing regulations due to expire in January 2020, now is the time for the Government to take action to cement the UK’s position as a world leader in animal welfare.”