The environmental minister in the UK is hoping that by 2015 laws could be in place that would bar tigers, camels, zebras and snakes from being used as performing animals in circuses.
The animal welfare minister said:
"There is no place in today's society for wild animals being used for our entertainment in traveling circuses. Wild animals deserve our respect."
Growing support from animal advocate groups, circus-goers and law makers have really pushed this campaign forwards.
Especially after undercover video leaked of a circus elephant being beaten by a worker.
Because it may take some time for a ban to take effect the government has imposed stricter license regulations for circuses who have animal acts in the meantime.
A spokesman from the UK's Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) said:
"Wild animals aren't domesticated: we feel it's not right ethically for wild animals to perform."
We're glad more and more countries and people are realizing it's a barbaric practice to force animals to perform in circuses.
A circus should be acrobats and bearded ladies, not abused elephants and malnourished tigers.
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