Wild Animal Circuses Face Ban in 2020

By Gary Cutlack on at

Circuses still exist, they say, although ones licensed to use and show actual wild animals are about to be hit by a new law that wants them to stop existing, as they are to be banned from touring with wild animals in England from 2020.

It's not going to result in too many wild animals being turfed out and roaming the streets, as only two circuses that ferry live wild animals about the place for our Victorian amusements remain. Circus Mondao and Peter Jolly’s Circus are the ones facing a legal end to part of their exhibitions, with their stock of wildlife -- including reindeer, zebras, camels and whatever a zebu is -- having to be found new homes before the ban comes in in January of 2020.

It looks like Circus Mondao will be OK as it has horses and dancing women which will still be allowed as long as they don't combine the two in any illegal ways, and you've got to think that it'll actually be a relief for everyone not having to drive camels around the country with them. Peter Jolly's circus looks like it'll still have something to show off as well, as it's got a dog that can jump through a hoop and a woman who can spin a cushion on her feet. [The Times]

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