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COUNCILS ADVISED ON HOW TO RETAIN LIVE ANIMAL BANS

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The RSPCA remains totally opposed to the use of performing animals in the circus and has advised councils how they ...
The RSPCA remains totally opposed to the use of performing animals in the circus and has advised councils how they can maintain their bans in the wake of a high court ruling.

The South London Press reports (p4) that Greenwich LBC has been forced to abandon part of its Animal Welfare Charter stopping circuses from using animals following a judge's instruction last March that Somerset CC could not ban hunting from its land on moral or ethical grounds.

RSPCA local government campaign officer Alison Burholt said: 'Councils can maintain their bans by holding public consultation. For example if they received 80 letters opposing the use of animals then they could still ban it.

'Also if there was likely to be a public disturbance because fo the use of animals the ban could stay.

'If environmental health officers found a disease from an animal could be passed to a human then again the circus could be banned.

AMA assistant secretary Steve Bassam told the paper: 'Most of the councils are reviewing their policy on circus animals. They have to argue their policy out on how banning animals would affect local people and the environment. They can't just take a decision on moral grounds. It has to benefit people.'

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