Consultation outcome

Welfare of Wild Animals in Travelling Circuses

This consultation was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

This consultation has concluded

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Summary of responses

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Original consultation

This consultation ran from to

Summary

This consultation sought your views on a proposed licensing scheme that would promote and safeguard the welfare of wild animals in travelling circuses in England.

Documents

Consultation document

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Consultation letter

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Response form

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Draft guidance for operators

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Impact assessment

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List of consultees

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Consultation description

Summary

This consultation sought your views on a proposed licensing scheme that would promote and safeguard the welfare of wild animals in travelling circuses in England. Under the proposals, operators of a travelling circus that failed to safeguard the welfare of their animals would face enforcement action.

The licensing scheme would be introduced by regulations made under the Animal Welfare Act 2006.

The regulations will require standards of animal welfare to be met. The welfare standards would be set as licence conditions. A licence condition is something that must be met by the holder of the licence. Enforcement action could arise from a person’s failure to hold a valid licence where one is required, or failure to comply with a licence condition where a licence is held. Possible enforcement action includes criminal prosecution and the suspension of licences.

Please note that this consultation did not seek views on a ban on the use of wild animals in travelling circuses.**

Summary of responses (including Government response)

This consultation has closed. We are grateful for the comments received. A summary of the responses we received (which includes the Government response) has now been published (see “downloads”, below).

Further information