Labour has welcomed draft legislation, published today, outlawing the use of wild animals in circuses from 2015, but called for clear deadlines to avoid any further delay.
Tom Harris, Labour’s Shadow Minister for Animal Welfare, said: “It’s about time. For too long the Government has dragged its feet on implementing an outright ban that has been backed by parliament, endorsed by the public, and supported by the major animals welfare and veterinarian organisations.
“The Government has wasted too much time, too many resources, and too much money on its ineffective licensing scheme. It now needs to set a clear and definitive deadline to end this cruel practice as quickly as possible.”