‘Amazing News’: Rights Groups Celebrate after Italy Bans Use of Circus Animals
ANIMAL RIGHTS - VEGETARIANISM, 13 Nov 2017
Advocates for animal welfare praised the Italian parliament while calling on other nations, including the United States, to follow suit.
8 Nov 2017 – Animal rights advocates are celebrating a move by the Italian parliament today to, over the next year, phase out the use of all animals in circuses and traveling shows.
“We applaud Italy and urge countries like the U.K. and the U.S. to follow this example and end this cruelty,” said Jan Creamer, president of Animal Defenders International (ADI), which supported the launch of the bill.
“Traveling from place to place, week after week, using temporary collapsible cages and pens, circuses simply cannot provide for the needs of the animals,” Creamer said in an ADI statement that also featured declarations from the Federation of Veterinarians of Europe and the British Veterinary Association that there are no means by which the physiological, mental, and social needs of these animals can be adequately met within a traveling circus.
Creamer traveled to Italy to advocate for the bill’s passage. Following a screening of her group’s film Lion Ark, which is about rescuing animals from illegal circuses in Bolivia, she addressed Italian lawmakers at a workshop to further explain how ADI’s undercover investigations “have shown the violence and abuse that is used to force these animals to obey and perform tricks.”
“Italy has an estimated 100 circuses with some 2,000 animals making this one of the biggest victories in the campaign to stop circus suffering,” according to ADI’s Stop Circus Suffering campaign. The European nation joins 40 other countries and several more municipalities that have outlawed the use of animals in circuses and traveling shows.
The news from Italy comes on the heels of a similar move by the Indian government, and just days before ADI plans to host a week of action, beginning November 13, to support the Traveling Exotic Animal & Public Safety Protection Act (also called TEAPSPA or H.R.1759), a bill in the U.S. House of Representatives that would prohibit traveling wild and exotic animal acts.
Animal rights advocates celebrated the new law on Twitter, and called on other countries to follow suit:
— InDefenseOfAnimals (@IDAUSA) November 8, 2017
— Jo-Anne McArthur (@WeAnimals) November 8, 2017
BREAKING: ITALY Just Voted to BAN All Animal CIRCUS ACTS! The exciting news comes on the heels of India recently banning the use of wild animals in circuses, making Italy the 41st country to pass a national law prohibiting animals in circuses. https://t.co/5dB454TVql pic.twitter.com/6oH9alB7oJ
— Global Elephants (@GlobalElephants) November 8, 2017
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