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Circuses told to stop the use of animal shows

A Catholic animal welfare group has insisted that there must be a “complete ban” on the use of animals in travelling circuses.

Catholic Concern for Animals’ (CCA) call came as the group welcomed Parliamentary moves to ban the use of wild animals in such shows.

As the ban cleared its first major Commons hurdle, the CCA also stressed that there must be “no watering down” of the public’s wishes on the issue.

Environment minister David Rutley said there were still 19 animals left in circuses, and the ban was “emblematic of how we should be treating animals in the modern world”.

Chris Fegan, CCA chief executive, accused Parliament of being “years behind” on the issue. “This move is welcomed but it has taken far too long to come about and we understand will not be finalised until 2020. It always seems to be the case that Parliament is years behind public opinion on animal welfare,” he told The Catholic Universe.

“The use of animals in travelling circuses is simply not acceptable. CCA wants a complete ban and we hope that there will be no watering down of the public wishes on this matter.

“No animal of any species should be used in these outdated circus shows.”

Picture: A vintage poster advertising Al G. Barnes Wild Animal Circus. (JT Vintage/Zuma Press/PA).