Posted: Sat 2nd Jul 2016

RSPCA Cymru Urges Public To Give A Circus That Uses Wild Animals A Miss

This article is old - Published: Saturday, Jul 2nd, 2016

RSPCA Cymru is calling on the public to give a circus with wild animals, heading to Pwllheli, a miss. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

The complex needs of wild animals can never be adequately met in a circus environment with regular transport, cramped and bare temporary housing, forced training and performance all unavoidable realities for the animals. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

The circus – which uses wild animals in its performances – will arrive in Pwllheli next week. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

RSPCA’s senior scientific officer, specialising in circus animal welfare, Ros Clubb said: “We have major concerns about the welfare of wild animals involved in this, or any other, travelling show, a concern that is clearly shared by a huge number of others in Wales. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

“Circuses will only continue to use wild animals if the public continue to pay to see them. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

“Because of their temporary nature, travelling shows like this will never be able to keep wild animals in a way that provides acceptable standards of welfare. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

“Placing an animal in surroundings unsuitable for the species can cause serious stress and behavioural problems. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

“We are urging members of the public in Pwllheli and across Wales to vote with their feet and give this circus that uses wild animals, a miss.” ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

In October 2015, RSPCA Cymru handed in a petition to the National Assembly for Wales’ Petitions Committee. The petition gained more than 7,900 signatures which called upon the Welsh Government to introduce a long-awaited ban on the use of wild animals in circuses. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

The Welsh Government has since commissioned a review that could pave the way to Wales to introduce such a ban. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

To help us keep up the pressure on the newly elected Welsh Government to finish the job – you can sign our petition! Please visit http://goo.gl/z1bQrP ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​



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