Government promises to ban wild animals in circuses

  • 1 March 2012
Elephants performing at a circus in Monaco Image copyright Getty Images
Image caption Acts like this one in Monaco could be a thing of the past in the UK

The government's promised to ban the use of wild animals in travelling circuses.

Last year, MPs said they wanted a ban after being upset by video of a circus elephant being mistreated in the UK.

Until a new law is passed, circuses will need to have a licence if they want to keep animals and will be visited by an inspector.

It's thought between 35 and 50 wild animals work in circuses in the UK.