In Scotland banned performances of wild animals in circuses

© RIA Novosti / Alexander Smotrevshie. Archival photoIn Scotland banned performances of wild animals in circuses© RIA Novosti / Alexander Tsinker

Scotland became the first UK region to ban the use of wild animals in the «stray» circuses, the decision was taken by the local Parliament.

Defenders of animal rights in Britain for several years require the authorities to impose such a ban throughout the United Kingdom. The reason for the ban called the difficult conditions in which the animals have to live and work, as well as unbearable conditions of carriage.

«The law outlaws the use of wild animals in traveling circuses. It was presented in Parliament in may 2017 Minister of nature, climate change and land reform Roseanna Cunningham. Before the law was passed in the third reading by a majority of votes by secret ballot», — told RIA Novosti by telephone employee of the office of Parliament.

At present, 19 countries have banned the use of animals in traveling circuses or presented to the parliaments of the respective laws: Austria, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Colombia, Costa Rica, Huatia, Cyprus, El Salvador, Greece, Israel, Malta, Mexico, Netherlands, Paraguay, Peru, Romania, Singapore, Slovakia, and Slovenia.

The initiative of the Scottish Parliament welcomed the organization for the protection of animals PETA.

«PETA welcomed the decision of Scotland. Being in captivity is hell for animals like tigers and lions, and the circus environment cannot meet their basic needs. These animals understandably experience stress and depression from lack of all necessary and vital, are kept in cages and trailers, and transported across the country and forced performing on stage. They perform stunts that correspond to notions of entertainment the Victorian age», — it is told in received RIA Novosti news Agency the statement of PETA.

The organization hopes that the Scottish parliamentarians will be members of the house of Commons of the Parliament of the country that «years promise to maintain the same ban.»

«You can help by asking the Minister of natural resources to put an end to this cruel show… Prime Minister David Cameron assured the British public that such a ban will be introduced in England and Wales by January 2015, however this promise is not fulfilled,» the statement reads.

Public consultation on the introduction of a ban on the use of wild animals in circuses in Scotland took place in 2015. About 98% of their members voted for the imposition of restrictions. More than 13 thousands of activists appealed to the regional authorities with a request to adopt such a law as soon as possible. The first hearing of the bill took place on 5 October.