Wild Animals in Travelling Circuses (Scotland) Bill

 

About the Bill

The Wild Animals in Travelling Circuses (Scotland) Bill was introduced on 10 May 2017 and the Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee was designated as the lead Committee on 17 May 2017.

The Bill proposes make it an offence for circus operators to use (performance, display or exhibition) wild animals in travelling circuses.

The Bill and associated documents can be found at the following link:

Wild Animals in Travelling Circuses (Scotland) Bill Page

Stage 1

The Committee's timetable for consideration of the Bill at Stage 1 will be:

 17 May 2017  Launch of Call for Evidence
 23 May 2017  Bill team evidence session
 6 June 2017  Evidence session with stakeholders 1
 9 June 2017  Close of Call for Evidence
 13 June 2017  Evidence session with stakeholders 2
 27 June 2017  Cabinet Secretary evidence session
                          

Evidence

Call for Views

The Committee is keen to hear views on the content of the Bill as drafted.  Specifically, the Committee would like comment on:

  • The ethical basis for the Bill, as opposed to other justifications such as animal welfare
  • The effectiveness of the creation of an offence to prevent wild animals being used in travelling circuses in Scotland
  • Alternative approaches to preventing the use of wild animals being used in travelling circuses
  • The definitions of key phrases in the Bill such as “wild animal”, “animal”, “circus operator” and “travelling circus”
  • Proposed culpability
  • The effectiveness of proposed powers of enforcement

Before responding, please read our policy (Parliament’s policy on handling information received in response to calls for evidence) and note the following—

  • please keep your written response as concise as possible – ideally no more than 4 sides of A4;
  • the written response should be provided electronically in MS Word format (please do not send PDFs or confirmatory hard copies)
  • Please send responses to: watcbill@parliament.scot
  • The Committee welcomes written evidence in English, Gaelic or any other language
  • Owing to the timescales required to process and analyse evidence, late submissions will only be accepted with the advance agreement of the Committee Convener.

If you wish to make a hard copy submission, please address it to—
Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee
Room T3.40
The Scottish Parliament
Edinburgh
EH99 1SP

The deadline for responses is 17:00 on Friday 9 June 2017.

You can read evidence received by the Committee at the link below.

Written Evidence

What happens next?

The Committee will take oral evidence on the Bill at public Committee meetings in May and June 2017. The Committee will then publish a report of its views on the Bill to the Scottish Parliament following the summer recess.