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Aberdeen MSP tables Holyrood motion calling for ban on circus animals

Aberdeen MSP tables Holyrood motion calling for ban on circus animals

An Aberdeen MSP has tabled a motion at Holyrood calling for a ban on animals being used in circuses.

Kevin Stewart, the SNP MSP for Aberdeen Central, has taken the action in response to the news that five lions and tigers are being kept at the Circus High School near St Combs in Fraserburgh.

He has been supported by a number of his parliamentary colleagues in the motion which "calls on the Scottish Government to introduce legislation to ban the use of wild animals in circuses."

Mr Stewart has been angered by the story and said: "This should not be tolerated."

Aberdeenshire Council has confirmed that no regulations have been breached and that they had carried out proper checks.

They added: "We are satisfied with the health, welfare and security arrangements in place and the enclosures will be inspected on a regular basis."

However, animal rights groups have criticised the decision to house the cats in conditions which are alien to them.

John Robins, the secretary of Animal Concern, said: "I thought I had gone back in time to the Dark Ages when I heard this."

The owners of the Circus High School declined to speak to STV.

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