The Banning of Circus Animals DENIED!

Posted on May 16, 2011

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The Petition has reached over 15,000 votes

This morning, the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (also known as DEFRA), announced that it would allow circus’ to continue use of animals, despite the strong evidence showing the abuse given to the animals like tigers, elephants and monkeys. Instead the Government want to regulate wild animals in circuses .

Many petitions have been raised by public and newspapers, including the influential, The Independent. Public supporting numbers have exceeded 15,000 yet the Ministers still believe that the ban should be overlooked, infuriating members of the public and Animal Rights activists. Downing Street has blocked a ban because of concerns about increasing “red tape”, according to animal welfare organisations.

The Government has rejected the ban, because of concerns about increasing “red tape”.

Experts at organisations which include, the RSPCA and the BVA say that wild animals shouldn’t be made to perform tricks because of the constant travel, loud crowds, smaller enclosures than those in zoos and dangerous tricks.

These animals were not born to perform for human entertainment. It is not in their body’s structure to jump the flamed hoops, yet there are still approx. 20 wild animals still performing in british circus’.

Animal Defenders International also joined The Independent’s campaign it. ADI has been campaigning to end the use of wild animals in circuses for a decade. ADI was the organisation that went undercover and exposed the abuse of famed Elephants Anna (the Circus Elephant) and Tai (Of Water for Elephants fame).

Not only has the petition been signed by over 15,000 people, Twitter has had the topic trending all week as users used the micro-blogging site to encourage a change in the law.  However, todays announcement proved that all the hard work seemed to have not paid off. But users have vowed not to give up.

The Independent still has its petition live and is hoping to reach 20,000 votes to hold against the government in hopes that the rejection of the ban will be brought back into consideration.

You can still sign the petition by Clicking Here.

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