Wild animals will be banned from circuses in England under plans reportedly due to be announced by Environment Secretary Michael Gove.
The move follows a public consultation in which 94.5 per cent of the public said they would support such a ban.
Animals in circuses are often subject to brutal and degrading treatment at the hands of circus masters – frequently beaten, starved and keep in unsanitary conditions while they are made to perform for crowds. 
Similarly more than 40 different countries around the world, including most of Europe, Latin America and several Asian countries, have already outlawed the practice.
But the Government has been dragging its heels on the subject in recent years even though former Prime Minister David Cameron promised to ban the practice in the Conservatives 2010 manifesto. 
A bill was introduced by Mr Cameron’s 2015 Government which received widespread support from MPs and was expected to reach its second reading last year but the …