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Bolivia: Bans and Ordinance follow launch

Posted: 6 May 2008

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Stop Circus Suffering (SCS) Bolivia was launched with press conferences in April in the cities of Cochabamba and Santa Cruz. Martin Beltran, ADI representative in Bolivia; Enrique Mendizábal, President of EBA; and Liliana Tellez of ADDA spoke in the media and promoted the SCS sudamérica DVD, which features undercover footage in Bolivian circuses. Our shocking footage was screened on most major television channels. It was also covered by newspapers and radio and shown in bars and restaurants, accompanied by leaflet distribution. ADI, EBA (Education and Animal Wellbeing) and ADDA (Association for the Defense of the Rights of the Animals) have campaigned all over Bolivia, and this has borne fruit with an Ordinance that prohibits the use of all animals in circuses.

This success attracted more interest, and the campaign has steadily grown, with more animal protection groups and campaigners joining. EBA has promoted the Ordinance and explained why the circus is no place for animals. This included contacting Bolivia’s 800 scout leaders – the scouts form an important part of life for children in Bolivia.?Information was also distributed to the relevant authorities and prominent figures. Intense lobbying by the circus industry has been countered: Circo Abuhabda which appears in the SCS sudamérica DVD, attempted to collect signatures supporting the circus. They failed. Cochabamba had been selected for the launch and our first target for a municipality ban. ADDA and ADI turned up the heat, lobbying and staging demonstrations outside the Mayor’s office. The result: Cochabamba has now banned animal circuses.

Meanwhile, the Government is being lobbied for national legislation, putting Bolivia in the vanguard of the campaign for the prohibition of circuses with animals in South America.

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