04 April 2011

UK to ban wild animals from the cruel existence of circus life

Under a new British government plan, wild animals will be banned from circus life.

Environment Secretary Caroline Spelman has determined that the forcing of elephants, tigers, lions, & camels to perform tricks for paying customers is wrong in the Britain of today. She also stated that the conditions in which they travel thousands of miles each year is detrimental to their health.

This news comes after a video leaked showing an employee of the Bobby Roberts Circus beating an elephant with a pitchfork and kicking it. The 59-year-old elephant named Anne has been relocated to a safari park where she will be able to live out the rest of her life without cruelty.

The final details of the ban are being wrapped up and should be announced within weeks. Animal welfare groups are watching this with anticipation that other nations will follow Britain's lead and stop the abuse.

John Himmelberger | @johnhimm
John lives in Maryland where he works as a sales manager. John and his wife Eileen’s pursuit to achieve optimum health combined with a desire to send a strong message to factory farming, inspired them to examine what they put into their bodies. Now a vegan, John has great admiration for groups like Farm Sanctuary and hopes to influence others by sharing his positive experiences. Follow John on his blog and Facebook.

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