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We know that people in the UK love their animals. The RSPCA, Battersea Dogs Home, among others, are seminal animal welfare organizations with long histories. Sure, there are still Beefeaters at the Tower of London, but even the guards at Buckingham Palace are set to switch from bearskins to synthetic hats designed by Stella McCartney.

Currently only about 20 wild animals perform in UK circuses, but the British public supports a ban, across political persuasions:


A ban was backed by supporters of all three main political parties – Conservatives by 70 per cent, Labour by 76 per cent and Liberal Democrats by 83 per cent.


Among smaller nationalistic parties, support for a ban was much less, but these groups are often filled with a bunch of bear and tiger-hating jerks.

Read more in the Independent.

Sign this PETA petition to support a ban on circus animals in the UK and also check out Born Free.