Wild Animals in Circuses (Prohibition) Bill

Explanatory Notes

Compatibility with the European Convention on Human Rights

29 The Government has examined the compatibility of the provisions in the Bill with the Convention. In particular, the Government has considered potential arguments that a ban on the use of a wild animal in a travelling circus amounts to a deprivation of a possession or is a disproportionate interference with the rights of that animal’s owner under article 1 of Protocol 1 to the Convention. The Government believes that the Bill’s provisions are compatible with the Convention. The ban would not require any change of ownership of a wild animal or otherwise amount to a deprivation of a possession. The ethical case behind the ban justifies any interference with property rights under article 1 of Protocol 1 to the Convention in controlling the use to which a wild animal may be put.


Prepared 20th February 2017