Thomas Chipperfield used to say he had 300 years of animal training in his blood, but that long tradition has now come to an end with the stroke of a bureaucrat’s pen.
The scion of the famous circus family and Britain’s last lion tamer has been banned from using big cats in his travelling show.
The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) said it refused to grant him a renewed licence “because of his previous conduct” as an operator of a travelling circus.
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