After Escaped Tiger Shot Dead, Paris Reconsiders Circus Acts With Animals

Published by Zachary Toliver.

City council officials in Paris have unanimously committed to phasing out wild-animal acts in circuses after an escaped tiger was tragically shot to death by a circus handler near the Eiffel Tower.

When Mevy—the young tiger who spent her life confined to a cage, forced to perform confusing tricks—was shot after she tried to escape, PETA France and actor Pamela Anderson urged Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo to ban wild-animal acts in the city. Anderson has also written letters to every mayor in France asking them to ban any circus that uses animals.

Mayor Hidalgo’s pledge to end wild-animal acts in Paris was universally supported by the city council, but officials fell short of passing the legislation—leaving any sort of legal ban up to the national government.

If France officially ends wild-animal acts, it will be in good company, as numerous other European Union countries have already issued bans, including, very recently, Ireland and Italy. PETA France will continue to pressure the country until all animals are banned from circuses.

We can eradicate all these cruel performances.

If you want to attend a circus, take your family to an exciting animal-free show. If an exhibitor that exploits animals is in town, plan a demonstration against it. And continue to speak up for the lions, bears, tigers, elephants, and other animals who are denied everything that’s natural and important to them just so that humans can enjoy a few moments of amusement.

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 Ingrid E. Newkirk

“Almost all of us grew up eating meat, wearing leather, and going to circuses and zoos. We never considered the impact of these actions on the animals involved. For whatever reason, you are now asking the question: Why should animals have rights?” READ MORE

— Ingrid E. Newkirk, PETA President and co-author of Animalkind