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Catalonia seeks ban on animal circuses

November 24, 2013
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Madrid – Political leaders in Catalonia on Tuesday launched a bid to ban circus shows using animals in the northeastern Spanish region, where bullfighting was ended two years ago.

Lawmakers proposed a bill in the regional parliament to “modify the animal protection law and include a ban on using animals in the circus,” said one of the deputies, Jordi Rull.

“Circuses can be attractive and do different and fascinating things that draw adults and children, without needing to use animals,” he said, adding that the number of animal circuses had declined in the region.

The bill is backed by five of the seven parties in the parliament which between them hold a majority of seats, said Rull, a lawmaker of CiU, the Catalan nationalist party that governs the region.

The text decries the treatment of circus animals which it says are obliged to perform “unnatural” acts in the circus and undergo “violent training methods”, and develop nervous disorders when kept in small spaces.

Catalonia, home to a strong pro-independence movement, passed a law in 2008 recognising animals as having “physical and psychic sensitivity”.

In July 2010 the parliament there approved a ban on bullfighting and the last bullfight was held there in September 2011 before the ban came into force in 2012.

The Spanish animal rights group Libera says 133 towns in Spain, 99 of them in Catalonia, have already put a stop to circus shows with animals.

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ole, three cheers and
hip hippest hooray,
thank you catalonia
for sending cruelty

Karen Lyons Kalmenson

8 Comments leave one →
  1. karenlyonskalmenson permalink
    November 24, 2013 11:15 am

    ole, three cheers and
    hip hippest hooray,
    thank you catalonia
    for sending cruelty


  2. November 24, 2013 11:33 am

    Reblogged this on Sherlockian's Blog.


  3. narhvalur permalink
    November 24, 2013 11:22 pm

    Reblogged this on Ann Novek–With the Sky as the Ceiling and the Heart Outdoors.


  4. November 25, 2013 12:04 am

    Les animaux de cirques si on savait comment ils sont traités parfois on ne voudrait plus voir de représentations.


  5. Emy Will permalink
    November 28, 2013 9:46 am

    Well done Catalonia. If only the rest of Spain will follow.


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