Goodbye, Dumbo! — UK government bans use of wild animals in circuses

Goodbye, Dumbo! — UK government bans use of wild animals in circuses

Circus Elephant

The government of the United Kingdom has recently announced a bill to ban the use of wild animals in circuses. This is following the passage of a similar legislation in Scotland and is being planned for Wales.

Animal welfare groups welcomed the bill. In a statement, Jan Creamer, president of Animal Defenders International said “This legislation has been a long time coming and as successive UK governments have prevaricated, more than half of the world’s circus bans have passed.”

However, despite this move, many countries are still using wild animals in performances which contributes to the rising number of endangered and extinct animals in the wild.

Also Read: What you can do to help save the most trafficked mammal in the world

Animals made for the wild such as lions, tigers, and elephants, are usually the same animals poached to perform tricks in circuses which goes against their natural inclination. To train them, circuses—and sometimes, even zoos—resort to inhumane and unsafe conditions for them.

As humans, we are mandated by God to protect all His creations. With this, we are called to protect and preserve these species and their habitat. Here’s how you can help:

Also Read: How Pope Francis is proving himself worthy of the title ‘PETA Person of the Year 2015’

Educate yourself

Read up about the endangered and extinct animals. Visit national wildlife parks or refuges to learn more about how these animals are being saved and taken care of. Stay informed about policies and regulations that protect these wild species.

Adopt

The World Wildlife Fund allows the public to have symbolic species adoptions which help fund organizations protecting wild animals. You can choose to adopt pygmy rabbits, amur tigers, African rhinos, or even a lion.

Volunteer

If you can’t adopt, you can give your time in taking care of the rescued wild animals. Many organizations such as the Philippine Animal Rescue Team and the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) accept volunteers that will help in various roles in rescuing maltreated animals.

Visit

In recent years, many wildlife parks have been active in promoting the preservation of wild animals and their habitat. Instead of training the animals to perform tricks, the sanctuaries, as they are now called, help animals recover from the trauma and assists them in breeding if needed repopulation. Next month, two Philippine eagles will be shipped to the Jurong Bird Park in Singapore, the largest bird sanctuary in Asia, for protection against threats in their natural habitat.

Speak up

Share your passion for wildlife conservation with anyone—your family, your friends, your classmates and workmates. Educate others on how they can help protect the environment and the creatures living on Earth. Not only are you giving these animals a voice, you are also, in your own way, putting a stop to wildlife trafficking.

How are you going to help in conserving these endangered animals? Drop us a line at stories@mypope.com.ph or message us on Facebook.

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Text by Yen Cantiga.

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