British singer Leona Lewis has been instrumental in the successful campaign to ban all exotic animals from performing in circuses in her country, despite an unexpected step back from the government.
Lewis, a strong advocate of the World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA) personally wrote to her local Member of Parliament stating her feelings and urging them to support a total ban.
“I am shocked and outraged that there needs to be a debate about whether it is okay for wild animals to perform tricks in the big top,” she wrote. “I add my voice to this campaign and to the WSPA who is lending its support to an alliance of animal welfare groups campaigning to an end to this.”
The initiative was debated yesterday in parliament and had overwhelming support across all political parties, despite earlier reservations from the coalition government who would have preferred a licensing system to an outright ban. The decision does not bind the existing government to any change in the law, but all the Members of Parliament have agreed to direct the government to introduce a ban July of next year.