Animals will no longer be allowed in UK circuses


English lawmakers will ban wild animals from performing in circuses in England by the year 2020.

United Kingdom legislators have wanted to propose a ban for “decades,” reports Mother Nature Network. Motivations for passing the ban include ethics and the increased incidence of such a ban across Europe. The British Veterinary Association (BVA) and the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals also support the ban.

“BVA considers that the welfare of these animals is emblematic of the way we treat all animals under the care of humans,” says a BVA representative.

However, two UK circuses still have the right to use wild animals: Circus Mondao and Peter’s Jolly Circus. No information is available regarding if they will also be subject to the ban.