We’re only a month into 2017, but this year has already delivered some devastating blows to circuses that exploit animals for profit. The latest news comes from Bucharest, Romania, which has voted to ban wild-animal circuses.
— PETA (@peta) January 31, 2017
The city decided on a ban after a fire killed 11 animals at a facility for animals retired from the circus, noting that as many as 19 other European Union member states have fully or partially banned the use of wild animals in shows.
— The Romania Journal (@romania_journal) January 12, 2017
A day later, the Madrid City Council approved guidelines for a new animal ordinance currently in draft. In particular, the drafters were asked to state that the legislation would not authorize the installation of circuses that display wild animals in their shows—regardless of whether they occupy public lands or are privately owned.
“We are in the 21st century and it is high time that modern cities such as Madrid were respectful of the animal world and all its species,” says delegate Javier Barbero.
Madrid would join roughly 350 other municipalities of Spain that have already banned wild animals in circuses.
We Can Eradicate ALL Cruel Performances
Progress is being made around the world. As more people become aware of the cruelty involved in forcing animals to perform, circuses that use animals are finding fewer places to set up their big tops. Please continue to speak up for animals who are whipped, beaten, and prodded for the sake of entertainment.