Circus animals in the UK can release a sigh of relief

Great and surprising news: the UK unanimously voted to end the use of wild animals in circuses! Ever since footage of elephant Anne being abused was released, the public has shown an outpouring of support in favor of a UK wild animal circus ban.

At first it looked quite promising that there would be a ban which was followed by the information that a ban would be very unlikely. A petition from The Independent (where I first read this news) along with many other petitions and letters have shown up since.

The unanimous vote that goes against the government’s wishes has caused quite the stir, but I am thrilled at the news. I first reported about China‘s ban, now (hopefully very soon) the UK, with fingers crossed for many countries to follow. The ban in the UK still needs to go into effect, but this news is definitely in the right direction.

(Original images clickable straight to source: Animal Defenders International)


Liz Longacre
30 June 2011 - 9:23 pm

Eva, this is AMAZING!! I hadn’t heard this!! This is definitely a move in the right direction. I can’t even imagine the U.S. following but hey you never know! You spread such good news on your blogs!!

Misty :)
5 July 2011 - 3:37 pm

Wow! This is amazing! I’m so glad they are putting a ban on this! Maybe, just maybe, they will ban it in the US too! When will the ban go into affect, do you know? Also, if they government is against the ban, do they not have the power to veto it? I know thats definitely not what anyone wants, but they are the government. Do they not have that power? I don’t know much (ok, ANYTHING lol) about the UK government, so I don’t really know how that works…

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