A Report into the Welfare of Circus Animals
Tuesday, July 01, 1997
July 1997 Circus Working Group
The Circus Working Group was set up in November 1996 to investigate the welfare of animals in circuses in England and Wales. APGAW felt that there was a need to examine current legislation, practice and theory relating to the welfare and management of all circus animals, including domestic animals.
There were individuals from six different organisations represented on the Group. Members were Will Travers and Kim Wood from Born Free Foundation (BFF), Dr. Arthur Lindley from the RSPCA, Lou Leathers from the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH), Malcolm Clay and David Hibling from the Association of Circus Proprietors (ACP) and Dr. Robert Atkinson and Professor David Macdonald from the Wildlife Conservation Research Unit (WildCRU). The Chairman was Michael Fielding from the British Veterinary Association (BVA)
The Circus Working Group's role was to consider animal welfare in circuses rather than any ethical arguments regarding the use of animals in circuses. After spending two years investigating the issue, the Group produced a report, making a number of observations and presenting several options regarding the future welfare of animals in circuses. You can read this report by clicking here.