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Four main cities of Catalonia pass legislation banning the use of animals in circuses

Posted: 26 January 2010. Updated: 30 October 2013


Following the launch of ADI and AnimaNaturalis’ highly successful campaign in Spain to raise awareness amongst the public of the cruelty that goes on behind the scenes at travelling circuses, the Catalan capital city of Tarragona discussed the motion on the use of animals in circuses.

On 30 November 2009, the Plenary of the local government of Tarragona discussed an initiative to amend the ordinance on the use of public spaces to prohibit the use of wild animals in circuses and similar shows. The motion was approved by the majority of the political parties.

Local Councillors were presented with ADI’s report “Animals in travelling circuses: the Science on Suffering” and ADI’s Spanish campaign partner, AnimaNaturalis, mobilized supporters in the region. This decision complements similar legislation passed in the other capital cities of Catalonia: Barcelona, Iledia and Girona. Other municipalities in the region have also tabled motions such as Palma in January 2010, and a policy has already been passed in Sant Adria del Besós at the end of last year.

This step could lead to tabling legislation to ban the use of animals in circuses throughout the autonomous Catalonian region. If this bill becomes a law, circuses with animals will not be able to present their shows in north east Spain.
Jan Creamer, ADI’s Chief Executive, said: “Our awareness campaign has sent shockwaves throughout Spain. We are delighted that Tarragona has joined Barcelona, Ileida and Girona by taking n this progressive step in tune with the animal welfare policy of Catalonia. We will continue lobbying to table legislation in the Catalonian Parliament and hope to see animals removed from circuses in the region in the near future.”

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