SHOULD the UK ban the use of animals in circuses? 

Today Italy became the 41st country to pass a national law prohibiting animals in circuses - with an estimated 100 circuses using about 2,000 animals in the country. 

In England, the government has stated that it remains committed to a ban but has given no indication as to when the legislation, drafted and scrutinised back in 2013, will be introduced.

In Scotland, the government has introduced a bill to ban wild animals in circuses which has progressed to Stage 2 for further scrutiny.  ADI and local supporters are urging Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSP) to back the legislation.

In Wales, the government has recently consulted on mobile animal exhibits and asked whether a ban on wild animals in circuses should be considered. 

Also, in Ireland, a private members bill to ban wild animals in circuses will be debated on November 21.

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