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New MORI poll says no to circus animal cruelty
80% say ban all wild animal circus acts.
65% say ban all animal circus acts.
90% against whipping and beating when training circus animals.
More than twice as many people now visit animal-free circuses as
opposed to those with animals.
A new MORI poll carried out between 30 September and 2 October, which
was commissioned by Animal Defenders International (ADI), shows an
overwhelming 80% of the public agree that wild animals should be banned
Norman Baker, Shadow Environment Secretary for Liberal Democrats told
ADI: "There is no place in a civilised society for the use of wild
animals in circuses. The needs of these animals and the needs of
circuses are incompatible. In the twenty first century, surely it's
time to pull the plug on wild animals in circuses and the government
should use the forthcoming Animal Welfare Bill as a vehicle to achieve
The poll is unequivocal on the use of wild/exotic animals such as
tigers, elephants and bears in circuses - all of which toured the UK
with circuses this year. The poll found that with a large majority of
80% saying it is not acceptable for them to be used in circuses, only
a tiny 2% strongly support their continued use.
Jan Creamer, Chief Executive of ADI, commented: "The Government has
been presented with a huge dossier of evidence of suffering inside
animal circuses, and now this is backed by massive public support.
With the best will in the world travelling circuses cannot provide
adequately for the animals in their care. The public knows this, and
it is time for the Government to acknowledge it and use the Animal
Welfare Bill to end this archaic abuse."
These latest findings show that, despite a lower profile in the media,
concern about the use of domestic animals such as horses and ponies is
rising. A significant 65% believe that the use of all performing
animals should be banned from circuses. Last week ADI released footage
taken during training sessions with a circus in Portugal, in which a
pony was repeatedly whipped to force it to walk on its hind legs.
The poll also reveals that more than twice as many people visited
animal-free circuses as circuses with animals over the last five years
- six years ago these figures were neck and neck.
Jan Creamer added: "Since we began our campaign exposing the brutal
reality of life for circus animals, the number of animal circuses has
more than halved, and the number of animal-free circuses has doubled.
We have seen the UK's largest suppliers of circus animal acts -
Mary Chipperfield Promotions and Chipperfield Enterprises - closed
down. The public have seen the evidence and responded immediately, and
this poll confirms the strength of feeling is rising. It is time for
the Government to listen and to act as decisively."
Next Tuesday, 18 October, DEFRA Minister Ben Bradshaw is to address the
Associate Parliamentary Group for Animal Welfare (APGAW) at the House
of Commons on the next phase of the Animal Welfare Bill. ADI are
scheduled to question the Minister on the subject of animals in