Wild Animals in Circuses (Prohibition) Bill

Explanatory Notes

Summary and Background

1 The Bill makes it an offence for an operator of a travelling circus in England to use a "wild animal" in the circus. Wild animals are defined in the Bill as any animal of a kind which is not commonly domesticated in Great Britain.

2 The Bill allows operators of travelling circuses up to 1 December 2018 to remove any wild animals used by the travelling circus before it becomes an offence for the travelling circus to use the wild animal in exhibition or performance.


Prepared 20th February 2017