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BVA welcomes government commitment to wild animal circus ban

28th October 2013

The British Veterinary Association (BVA) has reacted positively to news that the government is moving ahead with its proposed ban on the use of wild animals in circuses.

Last week, it was confirmed by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs that a ban on the use of all wild animals in circuses in England will go ahead by the end of 2015, with suggestions to limit the scope of the ban having now been dismissed.

In July 2013, a report from the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs select committee recommended that the ban be limited to big cats and elephants, meaning species such as zebras and snakes could still be used.

The rejection of this idea has been welcomed by the BVA, the Born Free Foundation, the Captive Animals' Protection Society and the RSPCA in a joint statement.

A spokesperson representing the animal health organisations said: "The decision reflects the strong public and parliamentary will on this issue – a travelling circus is no place for any wild animal."

Last month, the BVA helped to create and launch a new set of minimum standards for online pet advertisements, in order to improve the welfare of pets for sale while protecting the public from the risk of ending up with sick, dangerous or illegal animals.ADNFCR-8000103-ID-801654324-ADNFCR

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