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BRITISH actors have welcomed plans to ban wild animal circuses in England within two years.
Brian Blessed, a long-standing supporter of Animal Defenders International (ADI) and its campaign to stop circus suffering, said he was “absolutely delighted” that a wild animal circus ban is in sight.
“It cannot come soon enough for the animals, who must endure an utterly unnatural and miserable life in the circus,” he said.
ADI said circuses could not provide animals with adequate facilities to keep them physically or psychologically healthy as they are frequently on the move.
Joanna Lumley, another staunch supporter of the campaign, said: “Forced to perform, caged and confined — it is haunting and horrifying to see animals being used in circuses and I’m thrilled that action will finally be taken.”
She also called for an end to the “pitiful acts” across Britain and urged the public to join her in backing ADI’s campaign.
ADI president Jan Creamer said: “Circuses cannot meet the needs of animals in small, mobile accommodation and Animal Defenders International has repeatedly documented suffering and abuse.”
An increase in awareness of circus animals’ suffering has led to a decline in the number of acts in Britain, with only two performing in England using wild animals.
Suffering caused to wild animals by constant travel, severe restrictions on movement and an unnatural lifestyle has prompted authorities and governments around the world to end their use in circuses.
National restrictions on performing animals in travelling shows have now been enacted in 43 countries.
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