Wild Animals in Circuses Bill

Explanatory Notes

Overview of the Bill

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 vertebrate animal of a kind which is not commonly domesticated in Great Britain.

2 Operators of travelling circuses which currently use wild animals will have until 1 December 2019 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 8th March 2018