Animal Defenders International


Animal Defenders International

Ecuador: lions seized

Posted: 6 May 2008


Brutal footage was obtained during ADI’s undercover investigations in Ecuador – a thug beating dogs with a metal bar; Indiano the lion living in a tiny cage, being kicked; goats and a bull being whipped; a donkey being kicked. The footage was unveiled at a press conference in Quito with our campaign partners, Proteccion Animal Ecuador (PAE).

Considerable media coverage was achieved and used as a launch pad for a campaign for a national ban on the use of animals in circuses. We are presently working with biologists at the relevant ministry, looking for mechanisms on which to base this prohibition.

Since the campaign launch, different circuses have been inspected, revealing animals in awful conditions, irregularities in documentation and inadequate facilities. As a result, the authorities seized 12 lions from a circus in Tulcán. To date, three of the lions have been returned to the circus, with the fate of the remaining nine lions still in limbo. The animals are being held in the facilities of the ecological police, undergoing veterinary examinations to establish their age, state of health/condition and characteristics. We are pressing for the animals to be handed over. It would be tragic for them to be at the gates of freedom, only to be taken back to the circus.

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