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Circuses: Animal Welfare

Volume 496: debated on Wednesday 15 July 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when the report of the Circus Working Group on the future use of wild animals in travelling circuses will be published. (287097)

The report of the Circus Working Group on wild animal acts in travelling circuses was released on 20 November 2007.

Following the publication of that report, which found that there was no existing evidence that justified banning wild animal acts in circuses, DEFRA launched a feasibility study to look at the possibility of regulating the use of such animals in circuses.

The feasibility study is due to report later this year.