As world opinion turns against the use of animals in circuses, the UK must finally act or can no longer call itself a progressive country when it comes to animal welfare
Signalling a sea change in public attitudes, The Netherlands has announced today that it is to prohibit wild animals in circuses. ADI is pleased that sea lions have been included in the ban, having supported efforts by our friends at Wilde Dieren de Tent Uit to show their welfare is compromised and ensure that legislation progressed.
The move comes just 2 days after Mexico passed a historic wild animal circus ban and ADI believes marks the beginning of the end for wild animals in circuses. 30 countries have now passed laws to nationally restrict the use of animals in travelling circuses.
Jan Creamer, President of ADI: “This is wonderful news from the Netherlands and Mexico this week. The use of animals in travelling circuses is cruel, outdated, and that is now recognised in legislation in 30 countries. Animal Defenders International hopes that this will be a wake up call to the UK Government to bring in the ban it drafted, and promised the public, over two years ago. We are seeing a worldwide change in what it is considered acceptable to do to animals in the name of entertainment. The UK once led on such matters now it is lagging woefully behind.”
Presented with evidence of the suffering circus animals endure behind the scenes, as exposed by ADI in circuses across Europe, the US and South America, members of the public are consistently choosing to avoid animal circus acts and governments around the world are taking action to eliminate the suffering. It is also now widely acknowledged that animal acts provide no educational or conservational benefit and that circuses can thrive without animal acts.
ADI previously enforced the ban on animals in circuses in Bolivia, rescuing 29 lions and other animals. ADI teams are currently in Peru and Colombia working with the authorities there to enforce bans on wild animals in circuses – to date 30 lions and various other animals have been rescued in its mission Operation Spirit of Freedom.
Take action and help us win for the animals
- Help make an animal circus ban in your country a reality. Tell your Members of Congress, Members of Parliament, City Councillors what is happening around the world and call for a ban now.
- ADI is rescuing circus animals in Peru and Colombia right now as we help enforce the law – help bring them to sanctuary – make a donation US $ and UK £
- Sign our petition urging the Prime Minister to back the British bill to ban wild animals in circuses (you can also do so via Care2)
- Watch lions being saved by ADI from circuses in Bolivia in the action-packed documentary Lion Ark – book tickets for our UK screenings here