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Peru Bans Animal Circuses

Written by PETA | July 27, 2011

Great news on the circus front from our colleagues at Animal Defenders International: Peru’s president, Alan García, has signed a law banning wild animals in circuses. The decision comes right on the heels of the British Parliament’s unanimous vote to direct the government to introduce a similar ban. Legislation is also pending in Scotland, Brazil, Ecuador, and Colombia.

The use of animals in circuses has previously been abolished in Austria, Bolivia, Costa Rica, Singapore, Sweden, and many municipalities in Canada.

© Sam Haddock

Most animals used in circuses are meant to roam over vast territories, but instead live chained or caged in cramped transport trailers and boxcars, allowed out only when forced to do demeaning tricks. Circuses go to great lengths to hide the dark side of the big top—that animals are torn from their families, are beaten into submission, and suffer from arthritis, foot problems, and other conditions.

Progress is being made around the world, yet the Ringling Bros. circus is still hauling sick elephants around the U.S. and forcing them to perform. Please ask federal authorities to intervene to get these ailing elephants off the road.

Written by Jennifer O’Connor

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  • Vanessa says:

    Bravooooo Peru!!!!!

  • Sue says:

    As a loyal supporter of the Elephant Sanctuary in Howenwald, TN; I cannot understand how Ringling Bros. Circus and others can continue to mistreat elephants, keep them in horribly confining captivity and get away with it. Do our leaders have no backbone at all? Civilized countries have banned circuses featuring animals: why is the US so backward? I come from CT and am waiting for a governor with the courage to ban elephants/and or circuses involving animals. Stand up and use your authority to do the right thing.

  • Isolde M.L. says:

    In addition to this victory Peruvian government could also ban the old, atavistic and cruel “tradition”of the bull corridas.

  • Isolde M.L. says:

    Every other country should emulate this good example of civilization. Let tell everybody else this victory!

  • Susan Pew says:

    It is about damn time! Now if we could get the rest of the world to stop thinking that an animal performing tricks is ethical. The animals don’t want to do it so leave all the circus animals alone!

  • Mary says:

    Why aren’t we urging federal authorities to enact a similar ban???? ALL elephants should be spared from this cruelty, not just ailing ones!!!!

  • Rosemary says:

    People should be ashamed of themselves for treating anything like they don’t feel. I will never go to another circus or participate in anything Ringling Bros. has their name on.

  • jenn.pierce says:

    I am absolutely ELATED to hear this news. Changes are happening!.. I can feel it. Even though this is an amazing victory, let this be a reason to fight even harder to end this EVERYWHERE.

  • Scott says:

    Well done, but interesting that Mr Garcia signed this on his last day as President…

  • Love says:

    Dont go to ANY cicrus using animals.

  • KavyaChander says:

    way to go, Peru!

  • Paula Purvis says:

    Alan Garcia ,that is the name of a jockey ,too. Well ,goes to show you people in Peru live authentic lives because they treat wild animals in nature with genuine God like spiritual and real care for all species on the Earth.

  • Lauren Holt says:

    YES WELL DONE PERU!! I live in Scotland, we’ve had TWO circuses with horses in the same month pass through out town! COME ON SCOTLAND, BAN IT!

  • bert says:

    quit this grotesque crap! ban circusses, they are useless en stupid

  • Colleen says:

    Thank you so much for all the hard work and efforts which went into this. Awesome news and a huge victory!

  • jaki lucas says:

    i blame the people that pay to go to these cruel shows if they stopped the shows wud stop as there wud be no profit in it

  • Colleen Baird says:

    Humans are the worst mammals on Earth. It is way beyond time and patience to stop the use of animals in circuses. Ringling Bros. circus has made millions off of animals and the torture that goes with it. Stop this needless suffering.

  • sarah says:

    I can honestly say this is all very new to me as well. Fortunitly i have never taken my kids to the circus, but not for the reasons i wont take them now! I had never known all the horror animals suffer until the last couple years of my life and it definitly has had a profound effect on me. It is a sad truth so many people are unaware of. I more people knew, we would have more power to do more for every animal, because they feel and have emotions and love just as we do. They deserve someone to fight for them, to be their voices!

  • Karen says:

    NEVER go to the Circus nor do I support it. Should band animals from preforming.

  • Christine says:

    This is great news! Too bad the USA is still clinging to the dark age tradition of legalized animal torture for greedy profit–ciruses, county fairs and rodeos–what horrid traditions. Wake up USA! Go Vegan-its beautiful!

  • annie bode says:

    Thank you Alan Garcia. I hope America and every other country that use animals will follow Peru’s example. Ringling Bros are known for the pain and suffering they inflict on the animals.It is all about greed.

  • sandra lenart says:

    Please make it law that all wild animals are banned from performing in circus’s we can look at these beatiful animals in the internet if we want to.

  • Annabelle Brooks says:

    This is fantastic news. Good stuff Peru. Good to see other countries other than the westernized ones getting involved. I think we often under estimate countries like Peru, so this is great news and shows that they really do care as they should. So yeah, U.S.A. When are you going to get the ball rolling? Not that I can talk.. I’m from Australia and I was driving past a circus the other day and I saw two lioness’s in a cage on the side of the highway… it broke my heart. Something needs to be done!

  • nathalie vass says:

    No animals at circus!

  • Tine Krogh says:

    PLEASE intervene to get these ailing elephants from the Ringling Bros. circus off the road!!!

  • donna hartel says:

    i hope they get shut down.. i hate the circus with a passion.. good for all the other countries that ban animals in the circus. WHY CAN’T THE US AND RINGLING BROS DO THE SAME. shame on them.

  • Gladys E, Rodriguez says:

    Que Viva Peru! Thank you Peru for banning the Circus. Please send a message out to the United States and wake them up to the reality of animal cruelty in the circuses. I hope and pray that one day soon all circuses will be no more and the animals can live their lives without pain, without suffering, without misery and pain free and live in peace.

  • sarah says:

    This is great but I wish America wasn’t so backwards with its morals and values. America needs to ban circuses too. Please follow suit America and Americans please stop buying tickets supporting the circus.

  • Anja says:

    I’m so happy to hear this. It’s incredible how ‘people’ can do that. But it’s all about the money. Thanks for all the organisations who try to do their best to resque or defend animal rights!!

  • Deborah Zarb-Cousin says:

    Come on USA ban wild animals in circuses like many other countries! Ringling Bros. shame on you.

  • Carey says:

    Please ban the use of these elephants for entertainment, this is inhumane these animals should not be caged up or chained up either, please stop doing this it is inhumane.

  • Barbara says:

    Its time for the US to stand up for defenseless animals.

  • Iris says:

    Please leave these innocent animals alone. They haven’t done anything to ANYONE to deserve this and we certainly are NOT ENTERTAINED by these barbaric activities.

  • nadia says:

    This is amazing news!! What are you waiting for U.S?

  • Paula says:

    thanks for the Animal Times magazine ,I hope the elephants could be retired !