Poplar MP Jim Fitzpatrick calls for ban on circus animal performance

By Beth Allcock on August 15, 2014 3:24 PM |

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Banning wild animals from performing in circuses will be raised in Parliament by Poplar and Limehouse's MP.

MP Jim Fitzpatrick will reignite his call for the ruling with by introducing a Motion, after previously speaking out on the issue as part of a Backbench Business Committee debate in 2011.

The idea has already secured support from 20 MPs of differing political stripes as well as animal welfare activists.

There are currently 23 licensed wild animals in UK circuses including three tigers, snakes, zebras and camels, six reindeer and a pair of lions.

A fox, raccoon and ankoli make up the rest of the animal pack.

MP Fitzpatrick said: "We cannot justify keeping wild animals in captivity purely for our own entertainment.

"It is a barbaric and outdated practice and must come to an end.

"The Government needs to stop dragging its feet and help put an end to this heinous crime against animals."