Victory! Wales is Banning Wild Animals in Circuses

In another major victory for wild animals who are used in entertainment, Wales is banning wild animals in circuses.

The Welsh government first committed to banning wild animals in circuses back in 2013, but no further action was taken. Sadly, over the years multiple instances of cruelty and abuse have continued to be exposed. In 2016, the Welsh government commissioned a report by Professor Stephen Harris at Bristol University that concluded that “Life for wild animals in traveling circuses…does not appear to constitute either a ‘good life’ or a ‘life worth living.’”

Fortunately, public opinion about their use has continued to change for the better. The number of circuses with wild animals dropped, leaving only two, including Circus Mondao and Peter Jolly’s Circus, which are licensed in England and tour Wales, while a third circus with big cats that performed in Wales when owner Thomas Chipperfield was unable to obtain a license in England has remained off the road.

Meanwhile, overwhelming public support was expressed for a full ban.

Now, everyone who has been working towards ending the exploitation of wild animals in circuses in Wales is celebrating a major victory.

This morning the government released a statement that said, “The way animals are treated is an important reflection of society and over the next 12 months, a bill will be introduced to ban the use of wild animals in traveling circuses on welfare grounds.”

We congratulate the Welsh Government for taking a stand to stop circus suffering in Wales and bringing a UK-wide ban one step closer,” said Jan Creamer, President of Animal Defenders International (ADI). “ADI has documented suffering and abuse in UK circuses for many years. Knowing that only a ban can protect them, we are delighted an end to the use of wild animals in circuses in Wales is finally within sight.”

With similar bans having been recently passed in Ireland and Scotland, and one on the way in England, the entire UK is now one step closer to being free of this kind of cruelty and exploitation.

Already, 45 countries around the world have enacted restrictions on the use of wild animals in circuses, but there are still many more that need to catch up.

In the U.S., animal advocates are urging Congress to pass the Traveling Exotic Animal and Public Safety Protection Act (TEAPSPA) which would end the use of wild and exotic animals in traveling circuses once and for all.

While numerous cities and states have taken action to protect animals, supporters of this bill argue that the issue needs to be addressed on a federal level because the mobile nature of circuses makes it difficult for law enforcement and inspectors to follow up on violations of the Animal Welfare Act. This leaves officials virtually incapable of doing anything meaningful to ensure the wellbeing of animals, to hold abusers accountable or to ensure public safety.


You can help the U.S. become one of the next countries to take a progressive stand on this issue by signing and sharing the petition asking Congress to pass the Traveling Exotic Animal and Public Safety Protection Act.

Photo credit: Animal Defenders International


Marie W
Marie W22 days ago

Thanks for sharing.

Hristina B
Hristina B2 months ago

Good news

Chad A
Chad Anderson6 months ago

Thank you!

John W
John W6 months ago


Donna T
Donna T6 months ago

thank you

Rob P
Rob P6 months ago

So glad home my home country is a step closer to banning these circuses i just hope the animals involved will be found homes at suitable sanctuaries . dai iawn .

Pat P
Pat P6 months ago

Animals should NOT be exploited for human entertainment. In most all cases--animals are stolen as babies from their mothers--suffering horribly from physical and emotional torture. Except for an organization similar to Cirque du Soleill--with NO wild animals only the human kind--the others should be banned. permanently! Those shut down should be required to send their cruelly-mistreated animals to reputable kind caring sanctuaries where they can spend the remainder of their lives behaving normally. being safe and protected.

I am certainly to hear of the Wales progressive and compassionate decision to support the welfare of precious animals! Many more MUST FOLLOW--ASAP!

Marija M
Marija M6 months ago

Great victory, tks for sharing the news.

S M6 months ago

Thank you Wales!

Anette S
Anette S6 months ago

Great! The implementation of the directives and the enforcement of the law can't come fast enough...