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Ricky Gervais Celebrates UK Ban of Wild Animals in Circuses

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British comedian Ricky Gervais has something new to smile about. The U.K.’s Department for the Environment announced Thursday that it plans to implement laws within two years that will ban the use of wild animals in circuses. Gervais, a longtime animal rights activist, has been working to persuade government officials to outlaw the use of wild animals such as tigers, kangaroos, elephants, zebras, and camels in circus performances. The ban follows a campaign by animal rights groups which helped draw attention to the abuse of elephant Anne, Europe’s oldest living elephant.

On Thursday, Gervais tweeted, “We won… Congrats Twonks (fans). A victory for compassion.”

Gervais is joined in his support of this legislation by Sir Paul McCartney.

American celebrities, including Pink, Demi Moore, and Olivia Munn, are working to ban the use of circus elephants in the US.

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  • The true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good

  • This is great news, but I’ll believe it when I see it. How much of the government’s announcement is just a stall tactic? I hope that Ricky and Sir Paul keep it up until the animals are truly out of UK circuses…

  • worldgoingmad

    DEFRA did not announce plans to ban the use of wild animals in circuses. DEFRA announced that the Government were unable to introduce a ban on welfare grounds, due to the 2007 DEFRA report which concluded “There is no justification for a wild animal ban on welfare grounds”. Instead, the Government announced it would push for a ban based on “ethical grounds”. DEFRA announced that it would introduce strict licensing and regulation until and if a ban were pushed through. Mr Gervais is a comedian, and therefore probably doesn’t have much of a clue about the subject – maybe Pink, Demi Moore and Olivia Munn could help him out.

  • Dominic

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