ADI is working with Animal Rights Watch to stop circus suffering in Iran
Dear Mr Masoumeh Ebtekar, Head of Department of Environment
We urge you to bring forward legislation in Iran to end the use of wild animals in circuses, a measure supported by a growing number of regions in Iran who no longer allow circuses with such acts to perform.
Shahram Ahmadi, Director of Environment in Chahar Mahal and Bakhtiari, one of the first provinces in Iran to ban the use of wild animals in circuses, has stated that “using wild animals in circus is clearly an act of animal abuse and we strongly condemn such wrong, cruel acts.” Thirty countries around the world have already implemented animal circus bans nationwide, indicating how attitudes are changing and there is a global move away from allowing wild animals to perform in circuses.
The evidence supporting a ban on the use of wild animals in circuses is overwhelming. Circuses simply cannot replicate the physical and psychological needs of wild animals, or create a suitable environment where the natural behavioural repertoires of the animals can be satisfied whilst on tour. The welfare of animals is inevitably compromised by the constant travel, with most of the year spent in temporary, collapsible accommodation. Wild animals can be powerful and dangerous and the day to day husbandry and tricks they are forced to perform require close control and subjugation.
Numerous undercover investigations conducted worldwide have documented the widespread use of brutal training methods and casual violence. No other part of the entertainment industry is so routinely associated with violence towards animals.
There is no place in a civilised society for the abuse of animals or their manipulation for the purposes of ‘entertainment’. We hope that we can count on your support and that this outdated practice can quickly be banned in Iran.
On behalf of the animals who, without legislative action, continue to suffer, thank you.