Success: Wales to Ban Wild Animals in Circuses

Target: Rt. Hon Carwyn Jones, First Minister of Wales

Goal: Support the Welsh Government’s commitment to banning the use of wild animals in circuses, where they are exploited and often mistreated.

In a momentous move for the compassionate treatment of animals, Wales has announced its intention to bring forward legislation banning the use of wild animals in circuses. Following petitions like this one at ForceChange, the announcement is a monumental step for the welfare of these animals, who suffer immensely in captivity and who are exploited when they are forced to perform. Wales will be following the examples of Scotland, the Republic of Ireland, and England, which all either have such restrictions in effect already, or have promised to put measures in place as soon as possible.

Although there are not any circuses based in Wales, traveling circuses do visit. Animals in these types of circuses often live in some of the worst conditions. They are confined to small and often unclean spaces while they travel, and are starved and mistreated in order to “train” them to perform. As Claire Lawson, RSPCA Cymru Assistant Director of External Relations, states, “This ban makes a huge statement about how highly animal welfare is regarded in Wales, and how this country wants to treat our fellow living creatures. RSPCA Cymru will now work closely with the Welsh Government and all stakeholders to ensure this ban becomes a reality as soon as possible.” Sign below to support this vital step and ensure that Wales follows through with its pledge to protect these innocent animals.


Dear Minister Jones,

The announcement that Wales plans to put in place a ban on using wild animals in the circus is a monumental step for the well-being of these innocent creatures. As Wales follows in the path of other countries like Scotland and the Republic of Ireland, animals will soon be protected from this type of mistreatment across the United Kingdom.

Wild animals who deserve to live in freedom and in their natural habitats are often confined to brutally small and unclean spaces, especially when traveling with circuses. They are starved or abused to “train” them and force them to perform. This must not be allowed to stand. I support the plans to ban wild animals in the circus, and urge you to ensure that the ban is put into effect as quickly and thoroughly as possible.


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Photo Credit: Wolfgang Claussen

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  1. ALL wild animal acts must be banned. These innocent animals are scared by beatings or other horrifying means to do “tricks”. Please stop ALL ANIMAL ACTS, CIRCUSES and TRAVELING ACTS. Many say it is conservation and education, it is not! It is cruelty with threat of injury and disease to the general public.

  2. Gen Agustsson says:

    cruelity is not educational and its violence!

  3. Barton Dixon says:

    Thank you to Rt. Hon Carwyn Jones, First Minister of Wales and all those in government, for your compassionate and thoughtful decision.

  4. sandra burns says:

    Cruelty is NOT acceptable to any ANIMALS, please STOP

  5. Signed & shared

  6. Thank You! Thank You! Thank You!
    From now on I will spend my holiday money in Wales!

  7. I wish this damned son of a whore, this goddamn animal tormentor a live quite bad.
    Only because of the money abused this heap of shit the poor animals.
    This asshole must pay.
    NO ANIMAL belongs to prison/circuses

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