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AN ANIMAL rights campaign has been boosted by the support of a Portsmouth MP.

Mike Hancock, MP for Portsmouth South, has joined Animal Defenders International in their UK campaign to ban wild animals in circuses.

In a show of unity, Mr Hancock, ADI representatives and more than 20 MPs from all political persuasions gathered outside Parliament, in support of a ban on the use of wild animals in UK circuses.

They were calling on the minister responsible, Lord Henley, to take action, and Mr Hancock is one of 162 politicians who have now signed a parliamentary early day motion calling for the wild animal ban to be implemented.

He said: ‘A ban is long overdue. There is human talent around so there is no need to exploit animals in this way. Wild animals should not be used in circuses.’

Jan Creamer, chief executive of ADI, said: ‘We applaud Mike Hancock MP for helping strike a blow for wild animals currently languishing in UK circuses. We have been encouraged by the results of our recent political opinion poll and by the results of government’s own public consultation last year that found nearly 100 per cent of the public were behind a total ban.’

A recent parliamentary poll conducted by ADI found that 63 percent of MPs would like to see a ban on the use of wild animals in circuses.

The government’s own public consultation in March last year also found that 94.5 percent of respondents also backed the ban.