Scotland Stops Wild Animal Circuses.


SAV comment – Scotland has its own Parliament.  The English parliament is at Westminster, London.  There is always a type of ‘competition’ between the Scots and the English parliaments; and what one often does, you will find it is soon repeated by the other.  For so many years we have been campaigning to get wild animals banned from circuses in England.  We now predict that as the Scottish parliament has undertaken this ban, England will very soon follow for a ban in England.

PS – we (the English) are always better at football and rugby than the Scots – this is a massive issue between UK sports fans.  England-Scotland sporting fixtures are notorious for their conflicts.


For overseas visitors; each nation of the UK has its own flag – you can see the Scottish flag above. 

England has the flag of St George as shown here:

When ALL the nations flags are united under one flag – the ‘Union flag’, or ‘Union Jack’ as it is affectionately known; it is flown as a united (UK) front.  The Union flag is not just a representation of England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland individually; it is a flag showing the combined (nations) force.  British forces have always fought together in theatre as a combined force – thus the union flag is the only one ever flown.  There is (to many peoples surprise). a right and wrong way of flying this.  Look at the positions of the red diagonals on the Union flag below; this (their positions) determines the right or wrong way to fly the flag !  – Here is the Union flag; flying correctly:



Amazing news!

The ban on wild animal circuses is now officially in force in Scotland! As of 28th May 2018, it is no longer legal for any travelling circus with wild animals to make them perform demeaning tricks for crowds.

Thank you for everything you have done to make this long overdue ban a reality! Such a fantastic victory!

Read more here:

But sadly, not all animals are safe. This ban only applies to wild animals in circuses, not domestic animals like horses, birds, dogs and cats.

Right now, Zippos Circus is touring with domestic animals and will be in Scotland from 5th June.

They have 11 venues lined up across Scotland for their cruel shows. By tracking their journey between venues, we have calculated they will cover 1043 miles in Scotland alone – the animals will spend all of those miles in trailers and vehicles. 

This is no way for any animal to spend their life! It is known that domestic animals can be stressed on long journeys and that making animals perform tricks repeatedly can cause injury. And of course, it uses them as objects of entertainment. 

Take Action to help these animals too!
Protests are being organised at the venues that Zippos will visit in Scotland – today we have been sending out leaflets and posters for these protests.

  1. Check out our facebook page for dates of protests and get involved
  2. Make a donation to supply campaign materials and make sure we can keep tracking circuses

We must celebrate the wild animal circus ban for animals – your hard work does make a difference! But I can’t help but feel frustration when I know animal circuses in Scotland have not come to an end, as long as domestic animals are exploited.

So let’s celebrate and use that energy to keep up the fight, until all are free!

For the animals,

Nicola O’Brien
Campaigns Director

P.S. Well done to you on this fantastic news! Now let’s help domestic animals in circuses too!



One Response

  1. Thank you.

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