Amendments to Animal Welfare Act signed into law by President of Malta
Malta has banned ALL animal circuses, making it the 28th nation to take action against circus suffering and joining Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Greece and Cyprus in prohibiting all animal circus acts.
The ban has been brought in through amendments to the country’s Animal Welfare Act and was signed into law by the President of Malta and published on 21 October 2014.
James J. Piscopo, Communications Coordinator for the Parliamentary Secretariat for Agriculture, Fisheries and Animal Rights of the Ministry for Sustainable Development, Environment and Climate Change said: “This legislation is just one of the latest steps we took to strengthen Animal Welfare. After launching a consultation process, we felt it was time to ban the use of all species of animals in circuses, backed by a strong majority which made its voice heard during the consultation process. Even the promotion or advertisement of animal circuses in Malta will now be restricted. I can assure you that my government is determined to continue transforming Malta into an animal-friendly country through the legal and infrastructural changes needed.”
ADI has been working with animal groups in Malta on this issue for several years but the last two years have seen major developments in the campaign, with ADI assisting efforts by WEAAC Malta and submitting evidence to the government in support of a ban.
In response to a public consultation on the use of animals in circuses launched last July, 94% stated their support for an all animal ban, with ADI providing examples of the unseen and often routine brutality that animals in circuses are subjected to and evidence of how, by their very nature, the welfare of the animals is inevitably compromised. Just months later, in November, the government published its draft bill prohibiting such acts.
ADI would like to thank the government of Malta for listening to the public, and considering the welfare of the animals, and taking swift action on this issue.
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