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On July 15, per Animal Defenders International (ADI) the Sennedd Cymru/ Welsh Parliament joined England and Scotland in banning the use of wild animals in circuses! The bill was passed 53-0 in favor.

The Wild Animals and Circuses (Wales) Act starts on December 1st, when after that it will be illegal to have lions, elephants, tigers, bears or any wild animal performing in circuses in mainland Britain, ADI announced in an emailed statement. Wales in the 47th country to pass such a ban.

Jan Creamer, President of Animal Defenders International (ADI), said in an emailed statement, “We are absolutely delighted to see the back of this suffering and applaud the Welsh Parliament.  Never again will we see lions and tigers hauled around the country on the backs of trucks, elephants forced to live in chains, and wild animals beaten to perform tricks in the name of entertainment. Today the curtain finally comes down on more than a century of suffering in Britain.”

Watch the ADI’s investigation of circus animals:

Animals in circuses often receive terrible treatment. Their living conditions are appalling and the methods used to train them are often inhumane. In inhumane conditions, circus animals often become erratic or aggressive. The animals are unable to live their lives naturally, unable to act upon their instincts or behave as they would in the wild. Their physical and mental health also suffer, especially from depression and zoochosis. Circus acts have become less popular in the past decade. Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey closed in 2017.

Tell Congress to pass the bill outlawing circuses in the United States, sign this petition!

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