Three cheers to the Government for finally introducing the long-awaited bill to ban wild animals in circuses.
It comes after years of countless protests, ad campaigns, and pressure from celebrities and the public — including the 94% of British people who responded to the government consultation on this issue by demanding a complete and permanent ban.
It’s unthinkable that in 2019, animals continue to be caged, chained, beaten into submission, and deprived of all that’s natural and important to them. For them, the passage of this bill into law can’t come soon enough. Around the world, animal circuses — as well as other institutions that cruelly imprison animals for human entertainment, including SeaWorld and other marine abusement parks — are on the decline, and PETA is rejoicing.
Director PETA Foundation
All Saints Street
This reader's opinion was originally published in the letters page of the Irish Examiner print edition on 6 May 2019.