Ban on use of wild animals in travelling circuses

SfA welcomes the Scottish Parliament’s vote to ban the use of wild animals in travelling circuses.

As previously outlined however we’re disappointed that changes to law won’t include domesticated species. The type of animal now overwhelmingly exploited in ‘performances’.

It’s of further concern that static circuses won’t be covered.

This battle is far from won.

Our respect to the MSPs who spoke out for further legislation to widen the scope of protection.

Ask the Scottish government to take the lead on animal sentience

The UK government yesterday announced plans to legislate for the explicit recognition of animal sentience.

The Bill, if enacted, would require that “regard” be taken to the welfare implications of this sentience when formulating and implementing government policy.

As this proposed duty would apply to Ministers of the Crown devolved decisions would not be covered.

Scotland for Animals welcomes the proposed recognition. We would however like to see the Scottish government go further.

There has been a substantial amount of comment from many Holyrood politicians with regards to this issue. Here’s their chance to now turn words into action.

Scotland for Animals calls on Ministers to commit to bringing forward a Bill to legislate, if animal sentience is recognised in UK law, for their welfare needs as sentient beings to be given not only regard but priority in any relevant policy or legislative decisions.


We need you to ask First Minister Nicola Sturgeon to commit to Scotland leading the way.


Please feel free to personalise this suggested message:

Dear Ms Sturgeon,

I am writing regarding the publishing of a Draft Bill by the UK government proposing to recognise animal sentience.

The Bill further proposes that this be given regard by Ministers of the Crown when formulating and implementing policy.

I would be grateful if you could please confirm whether, should the Draft Bill be enacted, your administration will commit to bringing forward a Bill to legislate for the welfare needs of animals, as sentient beings, to be given not only regard but priority in any relevant policy or legislative decisions by Scottish Ministers.


First Minister Nicola Sturgeon can be contacted at

Or by post:

The Scottish Government
St. Andrew’s House
Regent Road


Thank you.