MP gives his backing to ban on animal acts

MPs ROnnie Campbell and Dennis Skinner backing the circus bill.
MPs ROnnie Campbell and Dennis Skinner backing the circus bill.

Blyth Valley MP Ronnie Campbell has given his backing to the launch of a Bill to ban wild animals being used as circus acts.

Mr Campbell and his colleague Dennis Skinner joined Animal Defenders International (ADI), the organisation spearheading the campaign to end the use of wild animals in circuses in Britain, to back a new Bill introduced by former Labour Defra minister Jim Fitzpatrick, MP.

Parliament voted unanimously in favour of a ban in 2011, and the government first announced that it would take action in March 2012.

But a delay in bringing in the ban has seen the number of wild animal acts increase and the return of big cats to Britain.

The Bill, which is identical to the one published by the government last year and scrutinised by MPs, would ban wild animal acts by the end of 2015.

Mr Campbell said: “We have already been waiting too long for this ban, and I hope now that this Bill will quickly become law.

“The view of the public and MPs on wild animals in circuses is settled, and the time has now come to end this practice.”

Dame Judi Dench and Ricky Gervais join a long list of celebrities who want to see a ban on wild animal acts.