Yesterday, Jim Fitzpatrick MP brought forward his “Ten Minute Rule Bill” to ban the use of wild animals in English circuses. The “first reading” carried out yesterday in Parliament is the first of a number of steps needed if we are to see Jim’s Bill become the long-awaited law which will see an end to the suffering of wild animals exploited by the circus industry. The Bill yesterday passed to the second reading stage unopposed, which is promising news, but there is still much to be done to secure success.
It is widely accepted that Bills introduced by backbench MPs are notoriously difficult to get onto the statute book so it is absolutely vital that we take every step possible to support the Bill before its second reading which is scheduled for just over 24 hours’ time.
That’s why we are asking you to write immediately to your MP to ask them that they support Jim Fitzpatrick’s Bill to ban wild animal circuses at its second reading tomorrow.
Please click the link to find the email address for your MP now and send that email before it’s too late!
YES! I want to take action now! Said CAPS Director, Liz Tyson:
“We have little over 24 hours to take advantage of this important opportunity to end the suffering of wild animals in circuses. We hope that you will join us, as you have done so many times before, in getting behind the calls to ban wild animal circuses sin England once and for all”.
CAPS and campaign partners at the Born Free Foundation, British Veterinary Association and the RSPCA, along with other animal protection groups and individual campaigners, have worked to see this ban implemented for decades.
As part of a joint initiative in the last few months, almost 2,000 emails have been sent from CAPS supporters to David Cameron and Nick Clegg asking them to honour the government’s promise to ban. A public consultation in 2010 saw 95% of respondents calling for an end to the use of wild animals in circuses.