Between 35 and 50 wild animals,  including tigers, camels, zebras and snakes, are understood to be used in  circuses, although elephants are no longer kept in circuses in Britain. circus

Animal welfare minister Lord Taylor said: ‘There is no place in today’s society for wild animals being used for our entertainment in travelling circuses. Wild animals deserve our respect.

‘In the meantime, we are introducing a Circus Licensing Scheme to ensure decent conditions for wild animals in travelling circuses.’

A government-appointed inspector, paid for by the circuses, will see the CLS rules are met.

There was a call for action after revelations of the mistreatment of Britain’s last circus elephant, Anne, last year.MPs backed a ban last June and though it was non-binding, it forced ministers to take action.

But Downing Street warned the government could be left open to lawsuits from circus owners and workers, making the ban’s progress slow. “Red Herring”

Agriculture and food minister Jim Paice said the government was always ‘minded’ to force the law but were awaiting on whether a ban in Austria would be challenged in the European courts.

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“Sorry its another post about the ‘CLS’ farce, the Government are trying to make us believe will work to protect animals…IT WON’T….But I didn’t know the appointed inspectors were going to be paid by the circuses!! So a little tip here or a bribe there, not to report something…yes it will work perfectly…NOT”