GOWER Assembly Member, Rebecca Evans AM, has welcomed the recently announced Bill which is set to ban the use of wild animals in travelling circuses in Wales.
The Wild Animals and Circuses (Wales) Bill aims to address ethical concerns by banning the use of wild animals in travelling circuses in Wales.
The Bill, which would see an end to the use of animals like camels, zebra and reindeer in travelling circuses, was overwhelmingly backed in a recent consultation with more than 6,500 responses.
Rebecca Evans AM said: “The introduction of this Bill sends a clear message, this practice is outdated and ethically unacceptable.
“I am fully behind the Welsh Labour Government’s decision to introduce this Bill. I have long recognised the need to take action in this area, and this announcement will be welcomed by many people. The use of wild animals in circuses will not be tolerated in Wales.”
The new legislation will make it an offence for an operator of a travelling circus to use, or permit another person to use, a wild animal in a travelling circus.
Anyone convicted of breaking the law would face an unlimited fine in the courts.