Wales has come to a step ahead in conserving the wildlife by imposing a ban on the use of wild animals in travelling circuses.
The public has overwhelmingly supported this measure by garnering more than 6,500 responses.
“The declining number of wild animals kept by travelling circuses is a clear indication of the public’s appetite for this type of entertainment which is not what it once was. Wild animals are sentient beings which should be treated with dignity and respect, not exploited for our entertainment in travelling circuses,” said the Minister for Environment, Energy and Rural Affairs, Lesley Griffiths.
The introduction of this ban sends a clear message that the Government and the people of Wales believe this practice to be outdated and ethically unacceptable. And the government has clearly stated that anyone convicted of breaking the law would face an unlimited fine in the courts.