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Sir Paul McCartney calls for government to ban wild animals in circuses

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.

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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
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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.