One of just three tigers left in the British circus
See him at Peter Jolly's Circus
The proposed ban on wild animals in British circuses has moved another step closer with the Government announcing its Wild Animals in Circuses Bill will be included amongst other forthcoming legislation in the Queen's Speech to Parliament on Wednesday June 4.
The ban was proposed by Animal Welfare Minister Lord Taylor in 2012 and scheduled to come into force in December next year.
It will still have to be voted through Parliament and the House of Lords, of course, which means a degree of uncertainty remains. If you want to save a British tradition that has existed since the birth of the circus in 1768, you could ask your MP to vote against the ban.
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Click here for a review of Peter Jolly's Circus.
The Mail on Sunday described Circus Mania as "A brilliant account of a vanishing art form." Read my backstage journey through the world of showmen, sword-swallowers, clowns and tiger trainers before another piece of the circus passes into history.
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Did you know the first calls to ban animals from British circuses were made exactly 100 years ago in 1914? To read the 100 year history of opposition to animals in entertainment, click here.