Bolivia Prepared to Ban Animal Circuses

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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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