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.