Members of the Lords, including a vice president of the RSPCA and a former president of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, discussed the key principles and purpose of the Wild Animals in Circuses (No.2) Bill, during second reading on Wednesday 19 June.
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Members discussed the definition of the term 'wild animal', the use of domesticated animals and animal welfare.
Lord Gardiner of Kimble (Conservative), the bill's sponsor in the Lords and parliamentary under-secretary in the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, opened the debate on the bill and responded on behalf of the government.
Committee stage, the first chance for line-by-line scrutiny, is scheduled for 3 July.
Wild Animal in Circuses (No.2) Bill summary
This bill will aim to prohibit the use of wild animals in travelling circuses.
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