England will become the latest country to ban the use of wild animals in circuses, under plans due to be announced by Michael Gove.
Over 40 countries across the world have already banned the practice, including Mexico, Singapore and India.
David Cameron pledged in his 2010 party manifesto that he would ban the use of wild animals, however, the government has been digging its feet ever since.
Cameron’s bill was introduced in 2015, however, the snap election caused the legislation to fall through.
A spokesperson for the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs told The Independent: “The Government wants to see an end to the use of wild animals in travelling circuses and will legislate for a ban as soon as parliamentary time allows.”
According to a government consultation, 94.5% of the public said that they would support the ban of wild animals within circuses.
The Daily Mail reports that there are 19 animals in travelling circuses in Britain. They include two reindeer, three camels, a raccoon, a fox, a miniature zebu, a macaw and zebras.
Although there are not many wild animals currently in use, there is currently no law in place to stop this number from increasing, or that stops wild animals being brought into the country.
Michael Gove has also recently announced that he will be taking a stand against single-use plastic within the UK, and has even switched to a reusable coffee cup.