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Stop Circus Suffering: Spain

Posted: 14 May 2012. Updated: 9 May 2014

First vote on Catalan circus ban secures majority support

We are delighted to hear from AnimaNaturalis that the Catalan Parliament held its first vote on May 7th, 2014, on proposed legislation to ban animal circuses in the region, securing a large majority of 101 in favour and 27 against. Our friends at AnimaNaturalis are working hard to ensure that the ban passes when it has its final vote later this year and has reported that research materials provided by ADI have been key to their lobbying efforts.

Trainer attacked by tiger in Madrid

A circus trainer was attacked by a tiger during a performance by the Gottani Circus in Madrid on 6 December 2013. He was bitten on the neck and received deep scratches. The show resumed once the trainer was taken to hospital.

Catalonia set for animal circus ban

October 2013: ADI is delighted that a bill seeking to ban animals in circuses in Catalonia looks set for success. Our friends at AnimaNaturalis in Spain have been working hard to secure cross-party support for the ban and will be pushing hard over the coming months to ensure that the proposed legislation, which has majority support, becomes law.

San Fernando de Henares approve circus ban

2010: After reviewing evidence from ADI and AnimaNaturalis, the City Hall Plenary of San Fernando de Henares in Madrid unanimously approved a ban on animal circuses. This is important progress for the Madrid region following a series of ban in Catalonia (including Barcelona, Illedia, Tarragona, Girona, Sant Adria del Besos, amongst others).

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

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. Read more

ADI circus whistleblower campaign hits Italy and Spain

ADI used Ringlings’ first European tour in 2009 as a platform for a new whistleblower campaign, using witnesses (both circus workers and visitors) to speak out against animal suffering. Read more....

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