Scotland Bans Wild-Animal Circuses

The country becomes the first to introduce legislation of this kind in the United Kingdom.

Members of Scottish Parliament (MSP) unanimously voted this week to ban the use of wild animals in traveling circuses across Scotland. “This is an important act that will not only prevent travelling circuses ever showing wild animals in Scotland in the future,” Scotland’s Environment Secretary Roseanna Cunningham said, “but will demonstrate to the wider world that we are one of the growing number of countries that no longer condones the use of wild animals in this way." Cunningham said that while traveling circuses rarely visit Scotland, the ban serves as “a preventative measure based on ethical concerns.” The new legislation was introduced in May after a public poll revealed that 98 percent of Scottish citizens did not support the use of wild animals in circuses. The ban does not apply to static circuses, but several MSPs voiced their hopes that a similar ban will soon be signed to remove those animals from exploitation. Similarly, the Republic of Ireland will implement a similar ban starting January 1. Ireland and Scotland join a growing list of countries, including Mexico, Greece, and Iran, to impose bans of exploiting wild animals for entertainment in circuses.

More News

San Francisco Bans Fur Sales

Officials unanimously sign the ban making San Francisco the largest city in the United States to reject the cruel fur industry.
Read More »

Drake Ditches Meat

The musician confirms that he has no beef with vegetarians.
Read More »

Acclaimed Chef to Open Vegan Convenience Store

Matthew Kenney's vegan New Deli in Venice, CA will offer a range of plant-based snacks, prepared foods, and organic wine and beer that customers can enjoy on the store's patio or at the nearby beach.
Read More »

Vegan Food Truck to Sell Chicken Nuggets in Boston

Inspired by the owner's childhood love of comfort foods, the 16-foot food truck will feature seitan-based fried foods.
Read More »

Nearly Half of Meat-Free Canadians are Millennials

New research shows that Canadians 35 years old and younger are three times more likely to identify as vegan or vegetarian, while the largest meatless population in Canada resides in British Columbia.
Read More »

This Week on VegNews TV: The secret to these delightful sweet treats is white beans! Aylin Erman shows you how to make these simple blondies.

More Videos »