Animals suffer in circuses. Animals are forced to perform, chained or tethered in cramped enclosures, travelling in wagons - this is daily life in circus touring season. And you can help stop it. Alongside dedicated campaigners, animal lovers and people who just simply know that it is wrong, we have reduced circuses to just a handful in the UK and Ireland. But the fight is not over yet!

Take Action Today!

Many countries around the world have committed to banning animal circuses. With a ban not being treated as a priority for many years in England, and Wales considering a ban, we must keep up the pressure! Please contact your MP to ask them to support a ban. You can write to your MP here: Not sure what to write? Read more about animal circuses here.

If you prefer to send a letter, for Wales, you can write to:

Lesley Griffiths
Cabinet Secretary for Energy, Planning and Rural Affairs
Welsh Government
5th Floor
Tŷ Hywel
Cardiff Bay
CF99 1NA
Email: [email protected]

If you live in Northern Ireland, here’s what you can do:

Contact Michelle McIlveen, the Minister for Minister of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs and ask her to support a ban on animals in circuses.

If you are a constituent you can email: [email protected] or here

If you are not a constituent, you can write to:

Ms McIlveen
Room 310
Parliament Buildings

But you thought they were banned?

If you are confused over what is going on in the UK and Ireland with animal circus bans, here’s the latest:


On 24th July 2019, a ban on the use of wild animals in travelling circuses was passed in parliament. This ban will come into force in January 2020.

The Government have been promising to ban wild animals in circuses for many years. They know it is an issue the public feel very strongly about with 94.5% of the public voting in favour of banning wild animals in circuses in a public consultation. Despite the ban being a clear promise by both Labour and Conservative Governments, in 2013 a licensing scheme was introduced. The licensing system did very little to protect the animals exploited in animal circuses. In February 2018, when the licensing system was reviewed, it was stated that the Conservative party will ban wild animals in circuses by 2020. 


In 2017 in Wales commissioned a review into the welfare of wild animals in circuses which concluded that they should be banned. They have since held a public consultation into ‘Mobile Animal Exhibits’ which included a question on a wild animal circus ban. Most respondents stated they believe the use of wild animals in circuses should be banned and that wild animals cannot be cared for appropriately whilst in a travelling environment.

In February 2018, Wales have recently announced their intentions to ban wild animals in circuses. There is more work to be done to ensure that legislation is brought in sooner rather than later so please contact Lesley Griffiths MP today!


Scotland banned the use of wild animals in circuses on 28th May 2018 - this is a huge victory! Our hard work has paid off! Scotland has led the way in the UK on ensuring demeaning wild animal circus acts are stopped.

But the fight is not over.  Domestic animals used in animal circuses suffer many of the same welfare concerns. We must not forget the dogs, cats, horses and other animals who are exploited in the big top. Domestic animals are often confined to small enclosures, and forced to perform unnatural tricks. Contact us if you want to know what you can do to campaign against the remaining animal circuses. 


The Republic of Ireland have also taken the amazing step of banning wild animals in circuses. This came into force in January 2018. Elephants, big cats and other animals will no longer be exploited under the Big Top.

This has been a huge development especially since their has been recent shows using elephants and big cats in the country. We have carried out three investigations into the use of animals in Irish circuses ensuring the issue was put on the Government agenda - we are so pleased our hard work has paid off!

Let's not forget that domestic animals can still be exploited in circuses in Ireland. There is still plenty to do. Get in touch if you see an animal circus in your area. 

Northern Ireland

Although Northern Ireland have indicated in the past that they would take a joined up approach with the Republic of Ireland on animal circuses, it is currently unclear what they will do.

Now is the time for change! Using the details above, please take a stand for animals being used in shows. Speak up for the voiceless and let’s make Ireland free from wild animals in circuses!