Defra has confirmed using wild animals by travelling circuses shall be banned in England in two years’ time.
Ministers have been promising to implement a ban for 5 years, however the Authorities confirmed one will come into place by 19 January 2020.
The transfer has been welcomed by veterinary authorities.
BVA president John Fishwick stated: “Whereas solely a small variety of animals shall be immediately affected, this ban goes to the guts of how we take into consideration and deal with animals on the earth at this time.
“Using wild animals in circuses is emblematic of the best way we deal with animals and we welcome the Authorities’s dedication to supply imminent laws to ban using wild animals in travelling circuses in England.”
Mr Fishwick added: “Scotland has proven the remainder of the UK the best way in performing meaningfully by way of laws to finish animal struggling and enhance the welfare of those animals.
“Now we now have a dedication to comparable laws for England, we shall be urging the remaining UK Governments to observe their lead.”
Laws was handed in Scotland final December, making it an offence for a circus operator to trigger or allow a wild animal for use in a travelling circus in Scotland.
That regulation will come into drive later this yr.