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ADI’s ‘Stop Circus Suffering’ campaign announces landmark victory in Peru
Last night, President Alan Garcia signed into law an end to the use of wild animals in circuses, following an investigation of circus animal suffering and a long campaign by Animal Defenders International (ADI) and local animal protection groups in the region.
With this ban, Peru is the second country in South America to take national steps to stop the suffering of animals in circuses, following the ban in Bolivia.
Other countries considering similar moves are the UK, Brazil, Ecuador and Colombia.
ADI Chief Executive Jan Creamer said: “We are absolutely delighted and applaud this bold move by President Garcia and the Congress of Peru. With the ban in Bolivia and the current discussions in Brazil, Ecuador and Colombia, there is no doubt that South America is leading the world on this issue.
“Peru has looked at the evidence, the undercover investigations, the scientific reports and seen the suffering of the animals. The people of Peru have been adamant in their support of a ban, and both the Congress and President have listened.”
Representatives Alexander Rebaza (APRA) and Jose Urquizo (Gana Peru) introduced the bill and have championed it throughout the legislative process.
Congressman Urquizo invites parliamentarians from all countries to follow the example of Peru and ban wild animals in circuses, ending the suffering of animals.
Congressman Urquizo said: “that will make us a more modern and civilized society”.
The ADI investigation exposed terrible suffering of animals in circuses, including lions whipped and beaten, monkeys, bears and other animals kept in deprived and appalling conditions.
Jan said: “ADI will continue to work with the Government of Peru in the preparation of regulations to implement the law.”
In February 2011 ADI completed an enforcement operation with the Bolivian authorities and removed every single animal from circuses in Bolivia. 29 lions were moved from Bolivia to the United States.
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Several years ago, Denmark banned the use of wild animals in circus. Yet we still see elephants (both Asian and African), zebras, sea lions, camels and alpacas who are forced to perform in the arena in circus in Denmark.
Their living conditions for these animals are horrific. They are ‘broken’ mentally and forced to perform, and they are transported around in small trailers; so tiny that the animals cannot always turn around. The large animals are chained up without any form of mental stimulation. They are bored and stressed and frustrated – far removed from their natural habitat, food sources and fellow animals (elephants, for instance, live in large groups). Many of these animals have their natural habitat in warm countries and find it difficult to live in colder environments. Especially the African elephant is suffering with the heavy snow and cold temperatures in Northern Europe.
The former Minister of Justice in Denmark believed that the animals must remain slaves in the circus.
Denmark will probably have a new Government in the autumn of 2011, and the parties in the upcoming new government will provide additional financial support for circuses with animals.
Please help us get the animals out of circus by signing and also sharing this petition.
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peru has started a wonderful trend
let us hope that it does not end
the circus is in town, what do you see?
as i look out at you, and you look in at me
do you see me as a large, roaring captive toy,
or do you look into my eyes, just know pain, no joy.
do you giggle and point as you mill around my cage,
in my terror annoint as i seethe in rage.
do you not understand that my roar is a shout:
open up the cage door and let me out
Karen Lyons Kalmenson