Sir Paul McCartney has called on the Government to enforce a ban on wild animals in circuses.
MPs voted in June to outlaw displays with lions, tigers, elephants and other exotic species.
But Prime Minister David Cameron has ordered ministers to look at a licensing system instead.
This would mean more than 30 wild circus animals would never be freed.
Sir Paul, a keen animal rights activist, said: “It is heartbreaking to see these poor animals confined in small cages with little respect for their well-being. I believe an outright ban is long overdue.”
The PM’s licensing move comes despite 94 per cent of the public backing a ban, and outrage caused by stories such as our campaign to free Anne the elephant, who spent 50 years with Bobby Roberts Super Circus.
BOBBY and Moira Roberts are due in court next week on animal cruelty charges.Last Updated: 11/14/11 09:41