It's just not fair. Why should animals be put through hell for our amusement? We are better than this, and the UK is out to prove it.
The UK Has Put A Ban On Wild Animal Performances In Circuses
Animals have been taking part in circuses for centuries, and their reward has been mistreatment, little treats, and unsanitary conditions.
All that moving around to attend various circuses is pure torture for the big cats, elephants, zebras, and other common circus animals.
It is a huge price to pay for the entertainment they offer.
As per the new law, wild animals will stop performing in circuses around the country. The law is called The Wild Animals in Circuses Bill.
Michael Gove, UK's Environment Secretary also added:
"Travelling circuses are no place for wild animals in the 21st century and I am pleased that this legislation will put an end to this practice for good.
Today's announcement follows other measures we have taken to strengthen our position as a world leader on animal protection."
Mr. Gove was not the only one ecstatic about the new legislation. David Rutley, Animal Welfare Minister, expressed his satisfaction with the new law.
"I am pleased that today's legislation will deliver on the ban that many welfare charities and parliamentarians have been calling for."
So, What Becomes Of Circus Fans?
According to Mr. Rutley, "The general public can still enjoy a trip to the circus, but it is good to know that wild animal will no longer be part of that experience."
Born Free was also happy about the new development and statements from Dr. Chris Draper, the Head of Animal Welfare and Captivity at the institution.
"… Born Free and its supporters have campaigned for a long time for this outcome and we look forward to the swift progress of the Bill through Parliament."
What's So Wrong With Animals Performing In Circuses?
First of all, animals have complex needs which cannot be adequately met in a circus environment.
That is why many animal rights protection groups are so thrilled the UK has joined the growing list of countries that have banned animal performances in circuses.
Animals also suffer abuse in circuses, with many losing their lives in the process.
But The Battle's Not Over Yet
While many groups supporting animal welfare believe banning animal performances in circuses is a huge achievement, some think that's only the start.
Animals don't just perform in circuses, but in other places as well.
And besides, horses and donkeys can still perform stunts in circuses since this ban is specific to wild animals.
Clearly, there is still some way to go. But there is no denying it: this ban is a huge step in the right direction, and it's a huge victory for animal rights crusaders throughout the world.