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Malta bans ALL animal circuses!

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.

Nation by nation, and with your support, animals are being saved from circus suffering.

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  1. Anneke Vlinde · 22 October 2014 at 9:20a

    No more suffering

  2. roger keeling keeling · 22 October 2014 at 9:20a

    Animals should be free..they r only attacking becauuse its natural instinct..not to purposely kill..let them be..we can co exist with nature

  3. Pamela Gagliardo · 22 October 2014 at 9:20a

    Malta is to be congratulated for making this timely and humane decision. Animals for ‘entertainment’ in any capacity is a wrong thing. It speaks to greed, avarice and cruelty.

    Thank you people of Malta for being on the right side of history.

  4. Jacqueline Pereira · 22 October 2014 at 9:20a

    please take care of these fabulous creatures!

  5. mimmi philips · 22 October 2014 at 9:20a

    Stop animal abuse,of wild Animals.

  6. nirvana fakhry · 22 October 2014 at 9:20a

    THANK YOU ADI for raising awareness and working hard for a dream come true. Bless all
    A long way yet to go.

  7. Sharon Kirby · 22 October 2014 at 9:20a

    We have ONE MP in the UK who is stopping the ban of using animals in circuses…….why??? Because he as a personal interest. Come on David Cameron follow Malta and grow a pair!

  8. Frantzeska Tyrannes · 22 October 2014 at 9:20a

    Dear Malta – there are n words to express my gratitude; as I sit here I have goose-flesh, and tears in my heart but the greatest relief I feel is knowing that in this world there is a government that cares, you, Malts; thank you. I pray blessings upon you and your people and your country. Thank you for caring for the innocent voice-less ones. Their life of hell is over, eternal minutes and seconds of pain, and mental anguish is what you have ended. Thank you, thank you, thank you. There are no words to let you know how much I love and appreciate you.

    Yours forever,
    Frantzeska Tyrannes

  9. Ann Jardmark · 22 October 2014 at 9:20a

    Never ever animals on circus ! Never hurt or harm animals !!

  10. Lori Biehler · 22 October 2014 at 9:20a

    Please put a STOP to this NOW!!!

  11. Tania gonzalez · 22 October 2014 at 9:20a

    Very simple., they deserve respect yes they have a soul and it’s no ones wights to take it away from them.. They belong free.

  12. Sabine Danelon · 22 October 2014 at 9:20a


  13. Marleen Neus · 22 October 2014 at 9:20a

    Let these animals live in their environment. They don’t belong behind bars. What have they do to you to live like this? They also haven’t asked to be born…

  14. sarah jane · 22 October 2014 at 9:20a

    No more suffering

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