by Jennifer Mishler
Categories: Animals, Causes
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Paul McCartney, long-time vegetarian and friend of organizations like PETA, can often be heard speaking up for animals. Recently, he released a vegetarian cookbook and helped out with tiger conservation.

Now, Sir Paul is  speaking out in support of a ban on wild animal circuses in the UK. According to Look To The Stars, McCartney is joining Animal Defenders International (ADI) in their campaign to put an end to the circus acts. “I hate to see wild animals in circuses…It is heartbreaking to see these poor animals confined in small cages and carted around the country with little respect for their welfare and well-being. I have made my feelings known previously on this subject and I believe an outright ban is long overdue,” he said.

ADI Chief Executive Jan Creamer says, “We are very grateful to Sir Paul for supporting our campaign and helping to highlight the plight of wild animals currently languishing in UK circuses during this crucial time…Let’s make Anne the elephant symbolic of a UK ban and ban the use of wild animals in circuses for good.” Anne is a circus elephant whose mistreatment has recently led to animal cruelty charges against her owners, after undercover footage was obtained by ADI.

Apparently, the majority of the public are in support of the UK ban, with a poll taken earlier this year showing that 3 out of 4 people are calling for a ban. Several countries have already outlawed or restricted the use of wild animals in circuses, with more bans being considered. The recent introduction of the Traveling Exotic Animal Protection Act has proposed a ban in the United States, led by ADI and with support from Bob Barker and Jorja Fox.

About Jennifer Mishler

Jennifer Mishler is a writer, and a vegan and animal activist. When she's not writing, you can often find her volunteering or advocating for animal, environmental and human rights causes. Along with writing for Ecorazzi, she has contributed writing for nonprofits like Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, and enjoys blogging. She resides in the Washington, DC area (and loves all the vegan food it has to offer). Follow Jennifer on Twitter: @jennygonevegan.

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  • Bob

    How much of his fortune is Sir Paul willing to use to compensate people who will lose their jobs if the ban is put in place?

  • Libby

    Good man! THANK-YOU SIR PAUL MCCARTNEY FOR USING YOUR VOICE TO PROTECT ANIMALS! I support a full ban on wild animals in circuses and entertainment of all kinds.

  • John Cubbin

    But it’s OK to keep animals on your estate, bothering your neighbors. Building cottages on that estate with no permits or permissions. Telling the world to care about the earth while you piss around on a private jet, burning more fuel in a week than we will in our lives?

    My God, do you even remember what it’s like not to be able to do whatever you want?


  • Anonymous

    BOB grow up, its not all about humans you know, jobs jobs jobs my job, go self employed if you have a brain, if they ban animals, the same circus will have to do what the others do, still carry on minus the non-humans, speak up for those who human exploit and at the moment its any creature that cant speak your language, whilst you all much on your corpse thats been sizzling away in the oven, do any of you once take a moment to think that he or she had a mother and a heart beat, and did not want to be murdered, anybody would think we were built like a dog or a fox, humans are the vermin no DOUBT