Neil Parish MP speaks up in favour of banning wild animals in circuses

On Tuesday 7th May, Neil Parish MP congratulated the Government in bringing forward legislation to ban wild animals in circuses.

During the second reading of the Wild Animals in Circuses (No. 2) Bill, Neil welcomed that at last a Bill banning the use of wild animals was at last being properly debated. However, Neil highlighted that animals in circuses would need their welfare guaranteed after they were no longer part of circuses.

Speaking outside the Chamber, Neil said: "This Bill is long overdue and I congratulate the Secretary of State, Michael Gove, for bringing this forward. Successive Secretaries of State have talked about action. Now it is good to see that something is being done.

However, banning the use of wild animals in circuses is not enough. Animals will need to have somewhere to go when the ban comes into force. We need to think about that now."

You can read Neil's full speech here.