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MPs debate circus wild animals issue

A ban on wild animals performing in circuses in England will be proposed by a group of MPs in the Commons later.

A backbench debate has been called by Conservative Mark Pritchard. It has backing from several Lib Dem and Labour MPs, as well as celebrity supporters.

Ministers say they would rather strengthen the existing Animal Welfare Act than introduce a complete ban.

The government's stance on the issue is backed by the Association of Circus Proprietors of Great Britain.

Adam Fleming reports.

  • 23 Jun 2011