Mike is supporting an Early Day Motion that urges the Government to enact a ban on the use of wild animals in circuses.
The Government aims for Britain to have the highest levels of animal welfare. However, the Department for Environment & Rural Affairs (Defra) has received clear legal advice that if the Government were to introduce a ban now, it could be challenged in both the British and European courts. As it would ultimately fall to the taxpayer to cover the bill for defending such a challenge, the Government has to verify the legal status of any such policy before going ahead. While Defra is working towards overcoming these legal obstacles, Ministers are developing a tough licensing regime.
Commenting, Mike said: “Hove and Portslade residents will know that animal rights are important to me. I signed this EDM as it is the right thing to do and I also signed another EDM against the barbaric commercial whaling trade. As a politician it is important to afford protection to those who cannot protect themselves.”