We all have those lovely memories since we were little and our parents or grandparents would take us to the circus for the first time and we were buzzing with excitement or enthusiasm. Well it looks like we might not be able to do the same for our kids since the government has officially proposed in draft legislation to ban animals from traveling circuses across the UK. The initiative is supposedly created to be in the best interest of the wild animals but the new legislation does not apply to all wild animals and for those who do apply, only if they perform in traveling circus so therefore what is the point of this initiative?
What animals are affected by this new legislation?
The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee has determined that animals such as elephants, lions or tigers no longer have a place in the UK traveling circus although these animal were headliners for many traveling circuses and as a result could significantly influence their future. On the other hand, animals such as snakes, camels or zebras could still partake in the usual circus acts. But from my point of view all of them are wild animals, I am curios to learn according to which criteria they classify one animal to be more “wilder” than the other.
Issues with the new legislation
One of the most ambiguous aspects of this initiative is that it applies only for travelling circuses. Therefore if by chance you happen to have an elephant or a tiger and want to perform an act on Britain’s got talent with your animal it would be perfectly legal. The aim of this legislation is to prevent the abuse or mistreatment of such animals. Prior to this initiative the British government imposed a licensing scheme for all wild animals in order to keep a better control over the wellbeing of these animals.
MPs claim that this ban takes thing a little too far. However the new legislation is set to be implemented from December 2015, allowing traveling circus owners to adapt to the new conditions and make all the necessary modifications. Fines could reach the staggering amount of £ 5000 for those who disobey the law. This modification could mark the end of an era for circus aficionados, the end of circus tradition and could even mean the foreclosure for some circuses. Even so, I am certain that new acts will be invented to fill in for the missing animals which will help little children make beautiful memories as we once did.