Wild Animals in Circuses (Prohibition) Bill

Explanatory Notes

Summary of the Impact Assessment

28 An Impact Assessment for the draft Wild Animals in Circuses Bill, as published on 16 April 2013, found the impact on the industry would be cost neutral. This was based on the assumption that the cost of caring for the animals would no longer fall to the circus business and would transfer to private keepers. The cost to the private keeper is likely to be less than to the circus operator because of less expensive licensing requirements (e.g. registration under the Dangerous Wild Animals Act 1976) and less need for transport, training and specialist equipment. The Impact Assessment acknowledged, however, that the actual owner of an animal may well not change. The Impact Assessment noted that the primary benefit of a ban – putting an end to a practice believed to be unethical is non-monetary.


Prepared 20th February 2017