A MOTION protecting animal welfare was finally passed in a unanimous vote at last Wednesday’s Bromsgrove District Council meeting when it was heard for a second time.
The motion presented by Coun Michael Thompson puts a ban on circuses using performing animals on Council land.
It also stops fairs from giving animals like gold fish as prizes and commits the Council to using animal and environmentally-friendly cleaning products in council chambers where possible.
The motion was defeated the first time round in February because of a misunderstanding on the grounds it already existed.
Council CEO Kevin Dicks offered an apology to Coun Thompson when it transpired no such policy was in place, and so the motion was heard for a second time last Wednesday.
Coun Thompson told the Standard: “I am delighted the motion has passed.
“It’s a wonderful piece of legislation, which gives the district a robust position on animal welfare.
“I hope private land owners, who rent their land to animal circuses, like Peter Jolly’s circus, will follow the council’s example. Animals should not have to suffer this way for human entertainment.”