In a huge victory for animals, Mexico has passed legislation banning the use of wild animals in circuses.
In a huge victory for animals, Mexico has passed legislation banning the use of wild animals in circuses, becoming the 29th nation to introduce an animal circus prohibition and heralding one of the biggest ever breakthroughs in the campaign to stop circus suffering.
The ban, which is now awaiting the signature of the President to become law, was passed by the Senate and House of Representatives with 267 votes in favour, 76 against and 40 abstentions.
Senator Jorge Emilio González Martínez (PVEM) proposed the measure last year as an amendment to Mexico’s environmental and wildlife law, General Law of Ecological Equilibrium and Environmental Protection. Those found guilty of committing an offence under the new legislation face huge fines of 50 to 50,000 times the minimum wage – the equivalent of nearly $225,000 / £150,000. The Green Party in Mexico has asked ADI to begin highlighting the law throughout Mexico.
As abuse has been exposed in circuses, legislation has begun to sweep the world. A two-year undercover investigation by ADI in South American circuses has been key in securing bans in nine Latin American countries.
This ban is a landmark in ending the suffering of animals in the name of entertainment. We are seeing progressive legislation to end the use of wild animals in circuses sweeping the world and it is now time for countries like Britain and United States to catch up.