National Assembly for Wales / Cynulliad Cenedlaethol Cymru - Wild Animals and Circuses (Wales) Bill

In July, the Welsh Government introduced a draft law, which is called a Bill.

The aim of the Wild Animals and Circuses (Wales) Bill is to ban the use of wild animals in travelling circuses in Wales.

The Bill seeks to make it an offence for a wild animal – an animal that is not commonly domesticated in the British Islands - to be used in a travelling circus.

So what does it mean to “use” a wild animal?

A wild animal is used if the animal performs or is exhibited.

The Bill will not affect the use of domesticated animals in travelling circuses, nor will it prevent wild animals being used for entertainment in other settings.

Why we want to hear from you

We understand that people have strong opinions on the use of wild animals in travelling circuses, which is why the National Assembly for Wales’ Climate Change, Environment and Rural Affairs Committee wants to hear from you.

The role of the Committee at this first stage is to consider whether a new Welsh law is needed. The Committee will gather evidence, which includes the views shared on this discussion board, before writing a report to say whether it agrees with the main aims of the Bill and if so, suggest ways it could be improved.

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