Members of the Scottish Parliament have voted unanimously to ban the use of wild animals in travelling circuses. They become the first country in the UK to do so.
Scotland’s Environment Secretary Roseanna Cunningham said: “This is an important act that will not only prevent travelling circuses ever showing wild animals in Scotland in the future,”
“but will demonstrate to the wider world that we are one of the growing number of countries that no longer condones the use of wild animals in this way.”
The new ban won’t cover static circuses which will still be permitted to use wild animals in circuses, however, MSPs are hopeful to sign a similar ban preventing the practice.
Many have criticised the British government over not taking steps to ban wild animals in circuses, while countries such as Italy, India and Slovakia have taken swift action to ban the practice in the recent year.