Shameful scene in the UK Parliament yesterday as it became clear that the Government appears content to see the Wild Animals in Circuses Bill continue to be blocked by their MPs. Again, Chris Chope blocked Jim Fitzpatrick’s Private Members Bill. Between them, MPs Chris Chope and Andrew Rosindell have now blocked the Bill five times. This is a measure supported by 95% of the public and our last survey found 63% support in Parliament. Such continued opposition appears contemptuous. Observers might feel the Prime Minister’s words of support over the past few years look like a sham.
Pictured are Percy and Bob, rescued as cubs from a Bolivian circus, enjoying their new life. How can anyone oppose that? #CIRCUSBAN
LION ARK – see how it’s done….
Perhaps ministers and MPs need to come to the Prince Charles Leicester Square on 6 December to see how a government with real respect for public opinion dealt with this issue – LION ARK is playing for one night – the story of Bolivia’s ban on animal circuses, the investigations, the protests, the campaign for the law and how the Bolivian Government enforced the law by removing animals from illegal circuses. TICKETS http://bit.ly/1opCVX6
Tomorrow (Friday 21st) is the 4th attempt at the essential ‘Second Reading’ stage of the British Wild Animal Circus Bill, introduced by MP Jim Fitzpatrick following constant stalling by the Government about moving its own Bill forward (the two Bills are the same).
Each time the Fitzpatrick Bill has been presented, MPs from the Government’s own party have blocked it in the most undemocratic fashion, flying in the face of strong public and parliamentary support, as well as the Government’s own promises for the past two years! Shame on the Government for the political shenanigans and shame on the Conservative MPs who have chosen to snub public opinion. The Government could easily put their own Bill through, or support the Fitzpatrick Bill. They have chosen not to do it. The Prime Minister claims he will do it, and takes no action.
Over 15,000 members of the public have urged the Prime Minister to back the Bill. Please keep sharing the petition and following the messages on the ADI facebook page: http://bit.ly/1zwRPKr
In stark contrast to these displays of feebleness in the UK, the film LION ARK is coming to London on 6 December, to the Prince Charles Cinema, Leicester Square. LION ARK tells the story of the ban on ALL animals in circuses in Bolivia and follows the journey of 25 lions from suffering to peace and freedom. A good example of decisive government, and how the lives of circus animals can be changed with the right laws. A live action documentary, up close and personal with the rescuers and the animals they fight to save. BOOK YOUR TICKETS TODAY for our London Gala Screening of Lion Ark on Saturday 6 December. Join me and LION ARK director Tim Phillips together with celebrity guests and MPs – http://bit.ly/1opCVX6