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

SPICe Briefings

SPICe Briefing: Wild Animals in Travelling Circuses (Scotland) Bill

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's call for views on the Bill is now closed.

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. 

Correspondence

On 10 May, the Committee received correspondence from the Cabinet Secretary indicating the Scottish Government intend to further legislate on the issue of performing acnimals to "protect the welfare of animals used for public performances or display in circumstances other than circuses". 

Letter received on 5 June 2017 from Andrew Voas, Veterinary Adviser to the Scottish Government advising the Committee of a delay in publishing the Scottish Government's consultation responses on Wild Animals Travelling in Circuses (Scotland) Bill from 2014.

The Committee received correspondence from the Scottish Government on 9 June 2017 notifying it of the publication of the consultation responses.

Work by other Committees

 

The Delegated Powers and Law Reform considered the Wild Animals in Travelling Circuses (Scotland) Bill at Stage 1 at its meeting on 23 May 2017.  You can read the report of the Committee, as well as the papers for its meeting, via the links below.

 

The Finance and Constitution Committee is also considering the Bill.  You can navigate to the Committee's Bill page via the link below.  The Committee has issued a call for evidence on the Financial Memorandum of the Bill which closes on 9 June 2017.

Finance and Constitution Committee - Wild Animals in Travelling Circuses (Scotland) Bill page