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Saturday, May 14, 2011

Ministers appear to be wobbling over banning wild animals in circuses


Around 20 wild animals, including tigers, perform in British circusesCircus animal ban is held up as ministers wobble over legal risks

By Martin Hickman, Consumer Affairs Correspondent


Friday, 13 May 2011

Ministers appear to be wobbling over banning wild animals in circuses, after a campaign by The Independent.The Government had been expected to announce that it was abandoning its previous support for a ban and instead opting for a system of self-regulation. But at Commons question time yesterday, the Animal Welfare minister failed to announce voluntary regulation. Instead, he said the Government was concerned about a potential legal challenge to introducing a ban on wild animals in the big top.
The exchanges took place at Environment questions as The Independent's online petition calling for a ban passed 15,000 signatures.

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