This week I signed Early Day Motion (EDM) 144 which calls for the use of wild animals in circuses to be banned.
The EDM reads:
That this House notes that a ban on the use of wild animals in circuses was included in the manifestos of the Labour, Plaid Cymru and Green parties at the 2017 General Election; recalls that 94 per cent of respondents to a Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs public consultation supported a ban and the House voted unanimously in favour of such a ban in 2011; further notes that currently two circuses with fewer than 20 wild animals are touring England and Wales; notes that a deadline of December 2015 was included in the Government’s draft Wild Animals in Circuses Bill; notes that the UK has fallen behind 31 countries which have introduced similar national measures; and calls on the Government to bring forward this manifesto commitment at the earliest opportunity.
There have been many Bills presented to Parliament and each time the Government has failed to support all attempts.
17 nations have already banned wild animals in circuses including:
• Bosnia and Herzegovina
• Costa Rica
• El Salvador
It is clear that the vast majority of people in Delyn want wild animals in circuses brought to an end. I have supported Private Members’ Bills, Ten Minute Rule Bills and Early Day Motions. Each time the Government has turned its back on our demands for this outdated practice to be ended.
I have long supported measures to improve animal welfare standards both at home and abroad. When Labour was last in Government we secured the Animal Welfare Act 2006, which ensured that we had some of the strongest animal protections in the world. But more is still needed to be done and this minority Government is standing in the way.
Rest assured I will press the Government on this and support my colleagues in bringing an end to wild animals in circuses.