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Animal Defenders offer to rehome big cats in circuses

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Animal Defenders International have stepped in to help circuses to relinquish their big cats.

Ahead of the anticipated wild animal circus ban promised by Government, Animal Defenders International (ADI) has offered its expertise to help rehome animals currently touring with circuses in Britain to offer them a peaceful retirement.

ADI rescue team are also working with Government authorities to help enforce a wild animal circus ban in Peru. ADI is currently transporting animals from circuses to its Operation Spirit of Freedom rescue centre ahead of relocation to suitable, permanent homes.

Unlike the situation in Peru, the British ban would not require circuses to give up their animals, yet ADI hopes that owners will consider providing their wild animals with the opportunity to be relocated to sanctuaries, where they will be able to enjoy relaxing in the company of their fellow big cats.

ADI President Jan Creamer says: “Although British circuses will not be required to give up their animals when the ban comes into force, we hope, as will the public, that owners will provide them with the opportunity to live out the rest of their lives away from the big top, and retire in the company of their own kind.”

As part of its Operation Spirit of Freedom mission in Peru, ADI has also been called upon to relocate nine lions seized from a circus by Government authorities in Colombia. The animals are the first to be relocated following Colombia's ban on wild animals in circuses which, like the ban in Peru, was passed after a long campaign by ADI and local animal protection groups.

A Defra public consultation showed that a resounding 94 per cent of respondents, not to mention celebrities including Ricky Gervais, Dame Judi Dench and Sir Roger Moore, support the ban.

The circus bill will have its second reading on Friday October 17. To find out more, log on to www.stopcircussuffering.org

Cat competition!

Win a FroliCat Dart Duo laser light from PetSafe!

To help start and spread the love for our furry friends to celebrate World Animal Day (next Saturday October 4, 2014), PetSafe® is giving one lucky reader the chance to win the innovative FroliCat Dart Duo.

The FroliCat™ Dart automatic is an automatic rotating laser light that will keep your cat entertained and engaged. This innovative toy creates exciting revolving patterns for your cat to pursue, simply place the Dart on the floor and watch your cat pounce, bat and chase for hours at a time!

To be in with the chance of winning a FroliCat Dart Duo laser light, here's how to enter:

If you receive the Your Cat newsletter, there will be a link on the email to update your details and a tick box option to enter the competition. Click here to register to the Your Cat newsletter if you don't already receive it. The closing date is 12pm on Thursday October 2, 2014. Good luck! This competition is for UK residents only.

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