‘UK’s final lion tamer’ Thomas Chipperfield refused licence

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Thomas Chipperfield has stated that he’s getting ready to mount a second attraction towards the choice

The UK’s final lion tamer has been refused a licence to make use of three large cats in a travelling circus.

Thomas Chipperfield’s attraction towards the choice, made by the Division for Surroundings, Meals and Rural Affairs in July, was additionally dismissed in courtroom.

A Defra spokesman stated it remained “absolute” in its dedication to ban wild animals in circuses.

Mr Chipperfield, of Winchester, Hampshire, stated no welfare considerations have been raised and he plans a brand new attraction.

He has been maintaining his animals – two lions and a tiger – in Cannock, Staffordshire.

A BBC freedom of knowledge request confirmed he initially submitted an software to the federal government division for his Massive Cats Dwell circus, at Winter Quarters in Staffordshire, in April final yr.

Mr Chipperfield appealed towards Defra’s July choice however it was upheld by North Staffordshire Magistrates Court docket in January.

Defra stated it was refused as a result of it was not glad licensing situations could be met primarily based on Mr Chipperfield’s earlier conduct as an operator of a travelling circus and different related circumstances.

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Veterinary checks are made on the animals stored by Thomas Chipperfield

The courtroom stated it rejected the attraction as a result of though he was very skilled with large cats, together with considerations over licensing situations not being met it felt he would even be unable to take care of appropriate care plans for the animals and to supply written itineraries.

Mr Chipperfield informed BBC Information pursuing a second attraction restricted what he may say however he had “persistently acted in good religion with my staff on the recommendation given by the circus licensing panel and their inspectors. This recommendation was usually conflicting.”

The federal government has stated it won’t search to resume rules permitting animals in travelling circuses as soon as they expire in 2020.

A Defra spokesperson stated: “[This is because] we stay absolute in our dedication to banning wild animals in circuses and intend to introduce the ban previous to the rules expiring in January 2020.

“Till we’re in a position to obtain this, we’ll impose the strictest doable requirements to make sure the welfare wants of those animals are met.”

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