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Great British Circus to stop using animals!
Posted 24 August 2012
Animal campaigners reacted with joy this week, as the Great British Circus (GBC) confirmed that it will no longer use animals in its performances. The news comes after concerted efforts by local activists, who have held regular demonstrations outside GBC performances, educating the public about the cruelty and exploitation involved.
Last year, following a debate in Parliament, MPs declared their unanimous support for a ban on the use of wild animals in circuses. The public had already indicated their opposition to such exploitation, with 94 per cent of people who responded to a government public consultation on the issue calling for a ban. Rather than implementing such a policy straight away, the government is planning to set up a costly and complex licensing regime. The fact that the Great British Circus has decided to stop use animals in its performances shows that it has realised that people no longer consider this kind of animal exploitation in the name of entertainment to be morally justifiable.
Thank you to everyone who has taken part in demonstrations outside the Great British Circus, this victory would not have happened without you!