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Bolivia Prepared to Ban Animal Circuses

Written by PETA | May 14, 2009


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Oh, how I’m dreaming of retiring at the ripe old age of 26 and setting up shop in South America. And no, it’s not just because the weather is warmer and the mojitos are stiffer.

Bolivia—yep, the same Bolivia that banned military training exercises on animals a month ago—recently passed a bill to ban all circuses that exploit animals from their country. After members of the Bolivian wing of animal rights group Animal Defenders International (ADI) went undercover and revealed that animals in circuses are confined to cages without room for them to move around and forced to stay crammed in those cages for the majority of their lives, the Bolivian public was outraged (as all people with hearts should be). Member of Congress Ximena Flores introduced the bill to get seedy circuses banned from the country, and the rest of the Bolivian Senate has agreed to the ban. As soon as President Morales signs the bill, it will be the law of the land.

Talk about progressive.

Bolivia is not alone in South American sympathy for animals used in circuses. Peru is leading the charge of other South American countries working to ban circuses. If the U.S. doesn’t start playing catch up on all these animal rights issues, I think I might just pack my suitcase.

Written by Shawna Flavell

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  • margaret says:

    Wow! Way to go Bolivia! I feel so ashamed to be an American living in this socalled “great” country when our government doesn’t even make an effort to stop circus animals. Shame! Shame! Shame!

  • Mudra says:

    Great!!!! Well done.. Love every animals

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  • Megan says:

    Of course. This kind of thing is what makes me so proud to be 12 Bolivian.

  • keith says:

    Well said ” Amanda M” my thoughts exactly. Obama is just a suit nothing more. And the people who fell for ” His Change” fast talk will soon begin to realise this.

  • amanda m says:

    Well wake up! Obama has selected Ken Salazar as head of Interior which means he has his head interior to his body. He appears to be aligning himself with the Bush agenda of antiwildlife so No I dont believe obama or the administration give a rat’s ass about animals.

  • Devon says:

    I agree the US needs to follow the example of Bolivia and ban abusive circuses ASAP.

  • missy lane says:

    fantastic! this glimpse at compassion in action at the highest levels helps us invision the world that is possible! viva bolivia!

  • Jess D says:

    I only hope Barack Obama and the rest of the United States and follow this example. We are supposed to be a nation of equality justice and progress. If things like this happened here we could be more like the good people in the world.

  • Brien Comerford says:

    Bolivia merits accolades for its progress on animal welfare issues. St Martin De Porres would be proud of Peru. He was a Peruvian saint who loved all animals including rats and mice. He also refused to eat meat even when he was on his deathbed.

  • Luuli says:

    I’m really happy to hear that ! Here in Argentina we don’t have circuses with animals either we’re a very animalfriendly country. So you’re more than welcome to stay here lol. Oh btw for a couple of years I’ve been following all PETA’s campaigns and I wonder if there’s some way that I could help from here. I think you should put a sede here in Argentina a lot of people will be more than happy to colaborate !

  • NT says:

    WOW! I am so impressed that a developing country like Bolivia has the heart and the time to consider the welfare of animals. And then you have RICH countries like the US and Canada who don’t give a hoot about them! Good for Bolivia and Peru! BRAVO MUCHACHOS. VIVAN LOS ANIMALES!!!!

  • Bob Greenhouse says:

    Good For Bolivia.It Is about time a third world country banned animal cruelty.How about the United States Of America doing a noble cause.