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Bill-039 - Rebecca Evans AM - Ban on Wild Animals in Circuses (Wales) Bill

Pre-ballot Information

A Member must provide ‘pre-ballot information’ to set out the intended purpose of their proposed Bill before it is entered into the Presiding Officer's ballot. This information is set out below.

Policy Objectives of the Proposed Order

1. The proposed Bill will remove the use of wild animals in circuses in (or visiting) Wales.

2. The use of wild animals in circuses is a barbaric and antiquated practice which does not reflect a modern, compassionate Wales. There is overwhelming support for this ban from the Welsh public, in both rural and urban communities. If enacted, this bill would symbolise the Welsh people’s ethical stance against cruelty to animals.  

3. In addition, third sector and animal welfare organisations have provided a robust evidence based case for the ban, showing that animals are being demonstrably harmed both physically and psychologically by being away from their natural habitat, being transported and housed in unsuitable accommodation.

4. Whilst Wales would not be the first nation to ban wild animals in circuses, with bans existing in Europe, Asia and Latin America; it would be the first nation within the United Kingdom to do so. It would be a sound testament to the newly enjoyed powers of the National Assembly for Wales to create primary legislation under the Government of Wales Act (2006).

Support received

5. As aforementioned the Bill has the support of the Welsh people as shown in an IPSOS Mori poll:

6. In addition, the Bill has the support of the following organisations:

RSPCA (The RSPCA has begun collecting signatures from the public which is already in excess of 2,000)
Born Free Foundation
Animal Welfare Network for Wales – a democratically elected organisation representing 150 animal welfare organisations in Wales.

7. It should also be noted that 12 out of 22 local authorities have banned the use of wild animals in circuses on public land.

8. All of this provides demonstrable evidence for support of a ban from the Welsh public, civil society, the third sector and from local authorities.


9. Initial stakeholders that have been consulted on this Bill include:

  • Born Free Foundation
  • CAPS
  • AWNW

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