Escaped Tiger Shooting: Why Britain Must Act to Stop Circus Suffering

Animal Defenders International (ADI) has renewed its call for the UK government to bring in its long-promised ban on wild animals in circuses without delay after a tiger owned by British big cat trainer Alexander Lacey was shot dead by police in the United States yesterday. Tim Phillips, President of Animal Defenders International, said: “When…

Read more

BVA commends Scottish Government as it sets UK precedent with Wild Animals in Circuses Bill

(BVA Press Release) Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has outlined her programme for Government in the Scottish Parliament (7th Sept), including the intention to introduce a Wild Animals in Circuses Bill. Responding to the announcement, BVA Scottish Branch President Grace Webster said: “An opportunity to improve animal welfare has been presented and BVA commends the…

Read more

BVA welcomes Scottish Government review of exotic pet trade

(BVA Press Release) The British Veterinary Association (BVA), together with its Scottish Branch and the British Veterinary Zoological Society (BVZS), has welcomed the Scottish Government’s review of the exotic pet trade, announced by Richard Lochhead, Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and the Environment. Following discussions with the animal welfare charity OneKind, Mr Lochhead is keen…

Read more