Time for Anne’s law


We’re a na­tion of an­i­mal lovers – and three-quar­ters of us agree big cats, ele­phants and other an­i­mals should not be made to per­form in cir­cuses.

But de­spite decades of cam­paign­ing – and prom­ises of change from suc­ces­sive Gov­ern­ments – an­i­mals are still be­ing forced to per­form for en­ter­tain­ment.

In 2011 – when we re­vealed the tor­ment of Anne, the ele­phant abused at the Bobby Roberts Su­per Cir­cus – back­bench MPs’ Pri­vate Mem­bers’ Bills were thwarted. And leg­is­la­tion drafted in 2013 for a 2015 ban gath­ered dust.

Only this month two cir­cuses put on shows us­ing wild an­i­mals in the UK, ac­cord­ing to the An­i­mal De­fend­ers In­ter­na­tional char­ity.

To­day we’re ask­ing YOU to sup­port its cam­paign – in­spired by Anne – for the UK to join an EU-wide ban on the sick shows.

Jan Creamer, ADI pres­i­dent, said that while 45 coun­tries across Europe and the world have a ban, the UK lags be­hind.

She said: “Ev­i­dence of suf­fer­ing has prompted au­thor­i­ties and gov­ern­ments around the world to end their use.” Co­me­dian Ricky Ger­vais, who works with ADI, added: “Us­ing and abus­ing an­i­mals is not what I call en­ter­tain­ment.

“A ban on wild an­i­mal cir­cus acts needs to hap­pen without de­lay, end­ing this mad­ness once and for all.”

Ac­tress Joanna Lum­ley said: “Forced to per­form, caged and con­fined, it is haunt­ing and hor­ri­fy­ing to see an­i­mals be­ing used in cir­cuses.”

Scot­land brought in a ban in May. In Fe­bru­ary the UK Govern­ment in­di­cated a ban by Jan­uary 2020, when tem­po­rary rules on cir­cuses with wild an­i­mals ex­pire. But cam­paign­ers want a full ban.

A YouGov poll out last month for An­i­mal Ad­vo­cacy and Pro­tec­tion said 76 per cent of UK adults think cir­cuses in Europe shouldn’t be al­lowed to use wild an­i­mals.

CEO David van Gen­nep said: “Brexit or no Brexit, the UK will re­main part of Europe, and Europe clearly re­jects a prac­tice which should al­ready be his­tory.”

Bobby Roberts was con­victed of an­i­mal cru­elty and his cir­cus is now closed. Anne now lives in a spe­cial en­clo­sure at Lon­gleat Sa­fari Park in Wilt­shire.

■■Sign the pe­ti­tion at change.org/p/ eu­ro­pean-union-ban­wild-an­i­mals-in­cir­cuses

SUF­FER­ING Anne was res­cued af­ter cir­cus or­deal

PAINFUL Ap­palling treat­ment of Anne

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