Wild animals in circuses
January 4, 2016
Scientific research has shown that circus life can have a harmful effect on the welfare of many species, and the most commonly used wild animals are the least suited to this existence.
Evidence shows that on average, circus animals spend just 1 to 9% of their time training and performing, and the rest confined to cages, wagons or typically small, inadequate enclosures. Circus animals are kept most of the time in close confinement, often in abnormal social groups, exposed to forced movement, human handling and noise.
The majority of the public and MPs are in agreement that the use of wild animals in travelling circuses should be ended. The RSPCA believes that the Government in Westminster should bring forward a Bill to ban the use of wild animals in circuses as soon as possible so that the practice becomes a thing of the past. We hope that the Scottish Government will follow this and bring in bans as well.
A total of 19 wild animals including snakes and zebras currently perform in two UK circuses..
For further information please see the briefing.