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    B1342 - Animal Circuses and Entertainment Bill 2018, TSR Government



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    outlaw the commercial use of animals solely for entertainment.





    BE IT ENACTED by The Queen's most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Commons in this present Parliament assembled, in accordance with the provisions of the Parliament Acts 1911 and 1949, and by the authority of the same, as follows:-

    For the purposes of this Act-
    (i) 'solely”' refers to the idea that animals are only kept and used for entertainment and profit,
    (ii) '’institution' refers to any commercial business, such as zoos and circuses collectively,
    (iii) 'commercial' refers to an institution which has more than 10 individual animals and profits from them on a regular basis (see criteria for ‘private animal collections’)
    (iv) 'animal circus' refers to a circus that has non-domesticated animal performances in their shows for entertainment purposes.
    (v) ‘exploitative’ refers to the unethical treatment of an animal for the sole purpose of profit and entertainment.

    1. Outlawing of commercial use of animals solely for entertainment

    (1) Institutions which commercially profit from the captivity and performance of non-domesticated animals solely for entertainment are outlawed; such as animal circuses or exploitative zoos.

    2. Implementation

    (1) The implementation and enforcement (issuing of licenses) of this Act should be the sole responsibility of the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Animal and Plant Health Agency) of the UK.

    (2) Inspections of circuses are the responsibility of the aforementioned DEFRA agency which must-
    (i) inspect any circus or other institution under suspicion
    (ii) shut down any non-compliant circuses or institutions and relocate animals with the support of the police force.

    (3) An inspection for circuses must conclude that the institution possesses no non-domesticated animals used for entertainment and profit to pass the inspection.

    (4) For zoos and other institutions with non-domesticated animals to pass the inspection they must have a conservation scheme with at least one of these criteria-
    (i) participating in research from which conservation benefits accrue to the species,
    (ii) captive breeding,
    (iii) repopulation or reintroduction of species into the wild,
    (iv) providing zoological knowledge and education to the public.

    (5) Violation of this Act by a circus by using animals to solely perform for entertainment will result in both-
    (i) a shutting down of the circus
    (ii) imprisonment of the owner and participants of the offence of up to 5 years

    (6) Violation of this Act by a zoo or other institution by keeping animals in captivity solely for entertainment will result in either-
    (i) a shutting down of the zoo
    (ii) temporary takeover of the institution and implementation of the criteria required for a lawful animal captivity programme
    (iii) imprisonment of the owner and participants of the offence of up to 5 years

    3. Exemptions

    (1) Small private animal collections, if they meet all the criteria of-
    (i) they have less than 10 individual non-domesticated animals
    (ii) they are not open to the public for more than 7 days in a 12 month period
    (iii) they do not profit from the keeping and exhibition of their animals.

    4. Commencement, short title and extent

    (1) This Act may be cited as the Animal Circuses and Entertainment Act 2018
    (2) This bill shall extend to the United Kingdom; and
    (3) Shall come into force 1 August 2018, following Royal Assent.

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    Animals are recognised as sentient beings which can feel pain in UK law, and hence should not be subject to forced performance for the entertainment of humans. The UK should follow in the footsteps of countless other European countries that have outlawed this archaic practice. Time for rehoming of these animals will be allowed due to the delayed nature of this bill’s implementation, any animals that cannot successfully be sold to zoos before this date must be donated to animal sanctuaries free of charge as to ensure all circuses/non-compliant zoos do not possess any non-domesticated animals.





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    A strong aye of course!
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    Good to see this out on the floor.
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    I agree with this, but have one question: what - or rather, who - classes as "participants of the offence"?
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    I’ll probably default to an Aye on this. It’s quite a specific bill but I don’t immediately object to what I’m reading
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    Man, the government sure does love playing safe huh?

    Aye, of course.
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    Something I'm happy to support, aye.
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    Definitions should be a section, not a weird kind of preamble
    For legal consistency, define 'institution' as 'any natural or legal person carrying on business commercially'
    Do not like the use of 'unethical' in the definition of 'exploitative', the courts should not be asked to make ethical judgments. If you can't explain your ethical judgments, try harder
    You refer to licenses in s2(1) but don't actually establish a licensing scheme
    As a point of efficacy I'd introduce fines as a potential penalty I'd include a clause requiring DEFRA to produce guidance on compliance with the statutory obligations, and providing that an organisation which follows this guidance will be conclusively not in breach. This will assist with commercial certainty
    Regarding s3, section titles are generally not read as part of the Bill itself so I'd reword this

    In any event, nay, I don't believe in animal rights but I understand the House as a whole sees it differently so I hope this feedback is taken into account to produce a higher quality Bill.
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    No, I believe that animals do not have rationality and therefore do not have rights, they are essentially beasts who have become property in this context, people should have the right to do as they please with their own property.
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    (Original post by Connor27)
    No, I believe that animals do not have rationality and therefore do not have rights, they are essentially beasts who have become property in this context, people should have the right to do as they please with their own property.
    How about humans who don't behave rationally? Are they properties, too?
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    (Original post by JellyMilk)
    Man, the government sure does love playing safe huh?

    Aye, of course.
    If the government chose "un-safe" topics, less of the bills would pass, and they'd be criticised for it.

    Though personally I'd rather generate the activity and thus attention from the thread with the more controversial topics, I'm in no place to make that criticism because I should write the bills myself.
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    (Original post by Little Toy Gun)
    How about humans who don't behave rationally? Are they properties, too?
    No because I believe in Mill’s Unsafe Bridge, all humans have rationality as an inbuilt part of human nature, irrational behaviour is always a result of a temporary state of decay; for instance mental illness or childhood, or the overbearing influence of a barbaric culture; this isn’t the same as animals for whom rational thought is an impossibility.
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    Abstain. Apologies for my apathy, but I do not care enough for animals to want this bill – what with all the human rights issues that still need addressing today I don't think pet's/animals' rights are that much of a priority – but I don't have anything against this bill either.
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    I would like to see information on the existing state of zoos before supporting more regulation.
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    (Original post by Connor27)
    No because I believe in Mill’s Unsafe Bridge, all humans have rationality as an inbuilt part of human nature, irrational behaviour is always a result of a temporary state of decay; for instance mental illness or childhood, or the overbearing influence of a barbaric culture; this isn’t the same as animals for whom rational thought is an impossibility.
    How about people born with a disorder that made it impossible for them to have rational thoughts?

    Also, some dolphins are rational.
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