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Consultation on animal welfare legislation 22/05/2017 MSPs are consulting on proposed legislation that would ban the use of any non-domesticated animal travelling and performing in circuses.

Consultation on animal welfare legislation

The Scottish Parliament’s Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee is consulting on proposed legislation that would ban the use of any non-domesticated animal travelling and performing in circuses.

If brought into law, it would be an offence for a circus operator – or person with overall responsibility for a circus – to use wild animals as part of a travelling circus. The Bill also includes the power to enter premises and vehicles in order to search for and examine animals.

“In Scotland, the use of animals in circuses as a form of entertainment is somewhat of a rarity. In fact, such a travelling circus hasn’t visited Scotland for many years,” said Convener of the Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee Graeme Dey MSP. “However, if this Bill is passed, it will make it an offence for circus operators to use wild animals in travelling circuses in Scotland. What the Committee wants to know is whether the Scottish public think this is the best way to protect wild animals."

The Wild Animals in Travelling Circuses (Scotland) Bill was introduced into the Scottish Parliament earlier this month, alongside the announcement of a wide-ranging package of measures designed to improve animal welfare. These include:

  • measures to require the registration or licensing of animal shelters and rehoming activities;
  • updating regulations governing the licensing of dog, cat and rabbit breeding and dealing, including the irresponsible breeding and sale of these animals;
  • modernising the legislation on performing animals other than in circuses;
  • introducing tight controls restricting the use of electronic training collars;
  • reviewing the penalties available for animal welfare offences; and
  • laying legislation permitting vets to shorten the tails of spaniels and hunt point retrievers intended for use as working dogs to reduce the number of tail injuries suffered.

The consultation will run until 9th June. Further details are available here.

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