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ANIMAL DEFENDERS AND CIRCUS ANIMALS

EDM (Early Day Motion) 787: tabled on 12 February 1998

Tabled in the 1997-98 session.

This motion has been signed by 223 Members. It has received 2 amendments.

As this motion is using historical data, we may not have the record of the original ordering, in which case signatories are listed alphabetically.

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Motion text

That this House congratulates the investigators working for Animal Defenders for the excellent and thorough report, The Ugliest Show on Earth, detailing appalling abuse and cruelty inflicted on circus animals by keepers and other circus people; is horrified that such gratuitous cruelty occurs in this day and age; is deeply concerned about the threat to public safety from escaped circus animals caused by inadequately constructed housing and exercise facilities; notes that circuses exist in a legal loophole, inadequately regulated, licensed and inspected; and calls for a ban on the use of animals in travelling circuses and the extension of the Zoo Licensing Act 1981 to cover the permanent holding facilities thus regulating staffing, housing, food and other welfare issues, public safety, hygiene, breeding, transport, sale and other disposal of the animals.

The first 6 Members who have signed to support the motion are the sponsors. The primary sponsor is generally the person who tabled the motion and has responsibility for it. The date shown is when the Member signed the motion.

In addition to the sponsors, the following Members have signed to support the motion.

Atkins, Charlotte
Labour
Signed on 13 February 1998
Staffordshire Moorlands
Austin, John
Labour
Signed on 6 July 1998
Erith and Thamesmead
Baker, Norman
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 13 February 1998
Lewes
Ballard, Jackie
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 19 February 1998
Taunton
Barnes, Mr Harry
Labour
Signed on 16 February 1998
North East Derbyshire
Benn, Mr Tony
Labour
Signed on 19 February 1998
Chesterfield
Berry, Dr Roger
Labour
Signed on 10 June 1998
Kingswood
Best, Mr Harold
Labour
Signed on 6 April 1998
Leeds North West
Blackman, Liz
Labour
Signed on 19 February 1998
Erewash
Blizzard, Mr Bob
Labour
Signed on 15 June 1998
Waveney
Body, Sir Richard
Conservative
Signed on 9 March 1998
Boston and Skegness
Borrow, Mr David S.
Labour
Signed on 16 February 1998
South Ribble
Bradshaw, Mr Ben
Labour
Signed on 24 June 1998
Exeter
Brady, Mr Graham
Conservative
Signed on 15 June 1998
Altrincham and Sale West
Brake, Tom
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 10 June 1998
Carshalton and Wallington
Breed, Mr Colin
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 19 February 1998
South East Cornwall
Brinton, Mrs Helen
Labour
Signed on 13 February 1998
Peterborough
Brown, Mr Russell
Labour
Signed on 4 June 1998
Dumfries
Bruce, Malcolm
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 11 June 1998
Gordon
Buck, Ms Karen
Labour
Signed on 25 June 1998
Regent's Park and Kensington North
Burstow, Paul
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 24 July 1998
Sutton and Cheam
Butler, Christine
Labour
Signed on 6 April 1998
Castle Point
Cable, Dr Vincent
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 18 February 1998
Twickenham
Campbell, Mr Alan
Labour
Signed on 27 February 1998
Tynemouth
Campbell, Sir Menzies
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 4 June 1998
North East Fife
Campbell, Mr Ronnie
Labour
Signed on 25 February 1998
Blyth Valley
Canavan, Dennis
Labour
Signed on 23 February 1998
Falkirk West
Cann, Mr Jamie
Labour
Signed on 1 June 1998
Ipswich
Caplin, Mr Ivor
Labour
Signed on 13 February 1998
Hove
Caton, Mr Martin
Labour
Signed on 18 February 1998
Gower
Cawsey, Mr Ian
Labour
Signed on 13 February 1998
Brigg and Goole
Chaytor, Mr David
Labour
Signed on 27 February 1998
Bury North
Chidgey, Mr David
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 15 June 1998
Eastleigh
Chisholm, Mr Malcolm
Labour
Signed on 23 February 1998
Edinburgh North and Leith
Church, Ms Judith
Labour
Signed on 15 June 1998
Dagenham
Clapham, Mr Michael
Labour
Signed on 18 February 1998
Barnsley West and Penistone
Clark, Alan
Conservative
Signed on 13 February 1998
Kensington and Chelsea
Clark, Paul
Labour
Signed on 12 February 1998
Gillingham
Clarke, Mr Tony
Labour
Signed on 2 April 1998
Northampton South
Clwyd, Ann
Labour
Signed on 13 February 1998
Cynon Valley
Coaker, Mr Vernon
Labour
Signed on 13 February 1998
Gedling
Cohen, Harry
Labour
Signed on 13 March 1998
Leyton and Wanstead
Coleman, Mr Iain
Labour
Signed on 10 June 1998
Hammersmith and Fulham
Cook, Frank
Labour
Signed on 30 June 1998
Stockton North
Cotter, Brian
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 10 June 1998
Weston-Super-Mare
Cox, Tom
Labour
Signed on 18 February 1998
Tooting
Crausby, Mr David
Labour
Signed on 13 February 1998
Bolton North East
Cryer, Mrs Ann
Labour
Signed on 23 February 1998
Keighley
Cryer, John
Labour
Signed on 13 February 1998
Hornchurch
Cummings, John
Labour
Signed on 17 February 1998
Easington
Cunliffe, Mr Lawrence
Labour
Signed on 17 February 1998
Leigh
Cunningham, Mr Jim
Labour
Signed on 2 June 1998
Coventry South
Cunningham, Ms Roseanna
Scottish National Party
Signed on 18 March 1998
Perth
Curtis-Thomas, Mrs Claire
Labour
Signed on 24 February 1998
Crosby
Dafis, Cynog
Plaid Cymru
Signed on 2 September 1998
Ceredigion
Darvill, Mr Keith
Labour
Signed on 27 October 1998
Upminster
Davey, Mr Edward
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 13 February 1998
Kingston and Surbiton
Davey, Valerie
Labour
Signed on 9 June 1998
Bristol West
Davidson, Mr Ian
Labour
Signed on 25 February 1998
Glasgow, Pollok
Davies, Geraint
Labour
Signed on 13 February 1998
Croydon Central
Davis, Mr Terry
Labour
Signed on 11 March 1998
Birmingham, Hodge Hill
Dean, Mrs Janet
Labour
Signed on 18 February 1998
Burton
Dismore, Mr Andrew
Labour
Signed on 13 February 1998
Hendon
Dobbin, Jim
Labour
Signed on 17 February 1998
Heywood and Middleton
Drown, Julia
Labour
Signed on 1 June 1998
South Swindon
Eagle, Maria
Labour
Signed on 10 June 1998
Liverpool, Garston
Edwards, Mr Huw
Labour
Signed on 13 February 1998
Monmouth
Efford, Clive
Labour
Signed on 18 June 1998
Eltham
Etherington, Bill
Labour
Signed on 26 February 1998
Sunderland North
Ewing, Mrs Margaret
Scottish National Party
Signed on 22 October 1998
Moray
Fabricant, Michael
Conservative
Signed on 19 February 1998
Lichfield
Fearn, Mr Ronnie
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 23 June 1998
Southport
Fisher, Mark
Labour
Signed on 19 October 1998
Stoke-on-Trent Central
Fitzpatrick, Jim
Labour
Signed on 17 February 1998
Poplar and Canning Town
Flynn, Paul
Labour
Signed on 18 February 1998
Newport West
Foster, Mr Don
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 1 June 1998
Bath
Foster (Worcs.), Mr Michael
Labour
Signed on 2 June 1998
Worcester
Foster (Worcs.), Mr Michael
Labour
Signed on 13 February 1998
Worcester
Fyfe, Mrs Maria
Labour
Signed on 17 February 1998
Glasgow, Maryhill
Gerrard, Mr Neil
Labour
Signed on 16 February 1998
Walthamstow
Gibson, Dr Ian
Labour
Signed on 19 February 1998
Norwich North
Gilroy, Linda
Labour
Signed on 25 June 1998
Plymouth, Sutton
Godman, Dr Norman
Labour
Signed on 18 February 1998
Greenock and Inverclyde
Godsiff, Mr Roger
Labour
Signed on 1 June 1998
Birmingham, Sparkbrook and Small Heath
Goggins, Paul
Labour
Signed on 24 February 1998
Wythenshawe and Sale East
Gordon, Mrs Eileen
Labour
Signed on 13 February 1998
Romford
Gorrie, Mr Donald
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 3 March 1998
Edinburgh West
Griffiths, Jane
Labour
Signed on 24 February 1998
Reading East
Gunnell, Mr John
Labour
Signed on 19 February 1998
Morley and Rothwell
Hall, Patrick
Labour
Signed on 28 July 1998
Bedford
Hancock, Mr Mike
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 17 February 1998
Portsmouth South
Harris, Dr Evan
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 3 June 1998
Oxford West and Abingdon
Harvey, Nick
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 21 May 1998
North Devon
Henderson, Mr Ivan
Labour
Signed on 13 February 1998
Harwich
Hope, Phil
Labour
Signed on 13 February 1998
Corby
Hopkins, Kelvin
Labour
Signed on 16 February 1998
Luton North
Hoyle, Mr Lindsay
Labour
Signed on 23 February 1998
Chorley
Hughes, Beverley
Labour
Signed on 13 February 1998
Stretford and Urmston
Hughes, Simon
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 18 November 1998
North Southwark and Bermondsey
Illsley, Mr Eric
Labour
Signed on 13 February 1998
Barnsley Central
Jones, Helen
Labour
Signed on 29 October 1998
Warrington North
Jones, Mr Ieuan Wyn
Plaid Cymru
Signed on 19 October 1998
Ynys Môn
Jones, Ms Jenny
Labour
Signed on 13 February 1998
Wolverhampton South West
Jones, Lynne
Labour
Signed on 16 February 1998
Birmingham, Selly Oak
Jones, Mr Martyn
Labour
Signed on 18 February 1998
Clwyd South
Jones, Mr Nigel
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 13 February 1998
Cheltenham
Keeble, Ms Sally
Labour
Signed on 20 July 1998
Northampton North
Keetch, Mr Paul
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 17 June 1998
Hereford
Kemp, Mr Fraser
Labour
Signed on 2 September 1998
Houghton and Washington East
Kennedy, Mr Charles
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 19 February 1998
Ross, Skye and Inverness West
Khabra, Mr Piara S
Labour
Signed on 24 February 1998
Ealing, Southall
King, Andy
Labour
Signed on 20 April 1998
Rugby and Kenilworth
Kirkwood, Sir Archy
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 30 July 1998
Roxburgh and Berwickshire
Ladyman, Dr Stephen
Labour
Signed on 20 October 1998
South Thanet
Lawrence, Mrs Jackie
Labour
Signed on 13 February 1998
Preseli Pembrokeshire
Laxton, Mr Bob
Labour
Signed on 13 February 1998
Derby North
Lepper, David
Labour
Signed on 13 February 1998
Brighton, Pavilion
Lewis, Mr Ivan
Labour
Signed on 19 February 1998
Bury South
Lewis, Mr Terry
Labour
Signed on 19 February 1998
Worsley
Livingstone, Mr Ken
Labour
Signed on 16 February 1998
Brent East
Llwyd, Mr Elfyn
Plaid Cymru
Signed on 11 November 1998
Meirionnydd Nant Conwy
Love, Mr Andy
Labour
Signed on 11 June 1998
Edmonton
Mackinlay, Andrew
Labour
Signed on 18 February 1998
Thurrock
Mahon, Alice
Labour
Signed on 13 February 1998
Halifax
Malins, Mr Humfrey
Conservative
Signed on 27 February 1998
Woking
Marek, Dr John
Labour
Signed on 13 February 1998
Wrexham
Marsden, Mr Gordon
Labour
Signed on 13 February 1998
Blackpool South
Marshall-Andrews, Mr Robert
Labour
Signed on 10 March 1998
Medway
Mates, Lt Col Michael
Conservative
Signed on 4 June 1998
East Hampshire
McDonagh, Siobhain
Labour
Signed on 23 February 1998
Mitcham and Morden
McDonnell, John
Labour
Signed on 17 February 1998
Hayes and Harlington
McIsaac, Shona
Labour
Signed on 16 November 1998
Cleethorpes
McNamara, Mr Kevin
Labour
Signed on 18 February 1998
Kingston upon Hull North
Merron, Gillian
Labour
Signed on 13 February 1998
Lincoln
Michie, Mr Bill
Labour
Signed on 17 February 1998
Sheffield, Heeley
Michie, Mrs Ray
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 10 June 1998
Argyll and Bute
Mitchell, Mr Austin
Labour
Signed on 19 February 1998
Great Grimsby
Morgan, Mr Alasdair
Scottish National Party
Signed on 10 June 1998
Galloway and Upper Nithsdale
Morgan, Julie
Labour
Signed on 13 February 1998
Cardiff North
Mullin, Mr Chris
Labour
Signed on 2 March 1998
Sunderland South
Naysmith, Dr Doug
Labour
Signed on 29 July 1998
Bristol North West
Norris, Dan
Labour
Signed on 19 February 1998
Wansdyke
O'Hara, Mr Edward
Labour
Signed on 13 February 1998
Knowsley South
O'Neill, Mr Martin
Labour
Signed on 25 February 1998
Ochil
Oaten, Mr Mark
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 24 February 1998
Winchester
Olner, Mr Bill
Labour
Signed on 13 February 1998
Nuneaton
Organ, Diana
Labour
Signed on 13 March 1998
Forest of Dean
Osborne, Sandra
Labour
Signed on 18 March 1998
Ayr
Palmer, Dr Nick
Labour
Signed on 16 February 1998
Broxtowe
Pendry, Mr Tom
Labour
Signed on 1 June 1998
Stalybridge and Hyde
Perham, Linda
Labour
Signed on 13 February 1998
Ilford North
Pickthall, Mr Colin
Labour
Signed on 18 February 1998
West Lancashire
Pike, Mr Peter
Labour
Signed on 17 February 1998
Burnley
Plaskitt, Mr James
Labour
Signed on 22 June 1998
Warwick and Leamington
Pollard, Mr Kerry
Labour
Signed on 19 February 1998
St Albans
Pond, Mr Chris
Labour
Signed on 18 February 1998
Gravesham
Pound, Stephen
Labour
Signed on 13 February 1998
Ealing North
Prentice, Mr Gordon
Labour
Signed on 17 February 1998
Pendle
Rammell, Bill
Labour
Signed on 25 February 1998
Harlow
Randall, Mr John
Conservative
Signed on 25 February 1998
Uxbridge
Rapson, Syd
Labour
Signed on 2 June 1998
Portsmouth North
Reed, Mr Andy
Labour
Signed on 10 March 1998
Loughborough
Rendel, Mr David
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 23 February 1998
Newbury
Robinson, Mr Peter
Democratic Unionist Party
Signed on 5 June 1998
Belfast East
Rogers, Mr Allan
Labour
Signed on 29 June 1998
Rhondda
Ruane, Chris
Labour
Signed on 8 June 1998
Vale of Clwyd
Russell, Bob
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 16 February 1998
Colchester
Ryan, Joan
Labour
Signed on 2 June 1998
Enfield North
Salter, Martin
Labour
Signed on 13 February 1998
Reading West
Sanders, Mr Adrian
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 19 February 1998
Torbay
Sarwar, Mr Mohammad
Independent Labour
Signed on 19 October 1998
Glasgow, Govan
Savidge, Mr Malcolm
Labour
Signed on 12 March 1998
Aberdeen North
Sawford, Phil
Labour
Signed on 18 February 1998
Kettering
Sedgemore, Mr Brian
Labour
Signed on 11 June 1998
Hackney South and Shoreditch
Shaw, Jonathan
Labour
Signed on 16 November 1998
Chatham and Aylesford
Shipley, Ms Debra
Labour
Signed on 13 March 1998
Stourbridge
Singh, Mr Marsha
Labour
Signed on 3 June 1998
Bradford West
Skinner, Mr Dennis
Labour
Signed on 29 July 1998
Bolsover
Angela Smith,
Signed on 13 February 1998
Smith, Geraldine
Labour
Signed on 19 February 1998
Morecambe and Lunesdale
Smith, Jacqui
Labour
Signed on 2 June 1998
Redditch
Smith, Llew
Labour
Signed on 15 July 1998
Blaenau Gwent
Snape, Mr Peter
Labour
Signed on 21 October 1998
West Bromwich East
Steinberg, Mr Gerry
Labour
Signed on 18 February 1998
City of Durham
Stewart, Ian
Labour
Signed on 18 February 1998
Eccles
Stinchcombe, Mr Paul
Labour
Signed on 1 June 1998
Wellingborough
Stoate, Dr Howard
Labour
Signed on 6 July 1998
Dartford
Stringer, Graham
Labour
Signed on 19 October 1998
Manchester, Blackley
Stunell, Andrew
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 19 February 1998
Hazel Grove
Taylor, David
Labour
Signed on 6 July 1998
North West Leicestershire
Taylor, Mr John D.
Conservative
Signed on 8 June 1998
Solihull
Taylor, Matthew
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 18 February 1998
Truro and St Austell
Taylor, Sir Teddy
Conservative
Signed on 1 June 1998
Rochford and Southend East
Todd, Mr Mark
Labour
Signed on 24 February 1998
South Derbyshire
Twigg, Mr Stephen
Labour
Signed on 19 February 1998
Enfield, Southgate
Tyler, Mr Paul
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 18 February 1998
North Cornwall
Vis, Dr Rudi
Labour
Signed on 23 March 1998
Finchley and Golders Green
Walker, Sir Cecil
Ulster Unionist Party
Signed on 2 September 1998
Belfast North
Wallace, Mr Jim
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 23 February 1998
Orkney and Shetland
Walley, Joan
Labour
Signed on 1 June 1998
Stoke-on-Trent North
Wareing, Mr Robert N.
Labour
Signed on 23 March 1998
Liverpool, West Derby
Watts, Mr Dave
Labour
Signed on 19 February 1998
St Helens North
White, Brian
Labour
Signed on 17 June 1998
North East Milton Keynes
Whitehead, Dr Alan
Labour
Signed on 17 February 1998
Southampton, Test
Wicks, Malcolm
Labour
Signed on 13 March 1998
Croydon North
Williams, Mr Alan
Labour
Signed on 26 February 1998
Swansea West
Williams, Mrs Betty
Labour
Signed on 13 February 1998
Conwy
Willis, Mr Phil
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 2 June 1998
Harrogate and Knaresborough
Winterton, Ms Rosie
Labour
Signed on 18 February 1998
Doncaster Central
Wise, Mrs Audrey
Labour
Signed on 13 February 1998
Preston
Wood, Mike
Labour
Signed on 13 February 1998
Batley and Spen
Woolas, Mr Phil
Labour
Signed on 2 June 1998
Oldham East and Saddleworth
Wray, Mr Jimmy
Labour
Signed on 2 March 1998
Glasgow, Baillieston
Wright, Mr Anthony
Labour
Signed on 13 February 1998
Great Yarmouth

These members had previously signed the motion, but have now withdrawn their support. The date shown is when the Member withdrew their signature from the motion.

After a motion has been tabled, other Members can table amendments to it. Amendments to this motion are shown below.

ANIMAL DEFENDERS AND CIRCUS ANIMALS (Amendment 1)
at end add ' but notes that many of the finest circuses based in the United Kingdom, such as Billy Smart's, are devoted entirely to human acts of exceptionally high quality and regrets that such outstanding entertainment is often wrongly associated with the practices identified in this report.'.
Conservative, Mid Worcestershire
5
signatures
EDM 787A1: tabled on 2 April 1998
ANIMAL DEFENDERS AND CIRCUS ANIMALS (Amendment 2)
leave out 'a ban on the use of' and insert 'licensing and inspection'.
Liberal Democrat, Montgomeryshire
2
signatures
EDM 787A2: tabled on 23 July 1998