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Worldwide circus bans

Posted: 27 March 2006. Updated: 1 November 2017

EUROPE

  • Austria: Nationwide ban on the use of wild animals in circuses.
  • Belgium: Nationwide ban on the use of most wild animals in circuses (Parrots and camel are classed as domestic)
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina: Nationwide ban on all animals in circuses
  • Bulgaria: Nationwide ban on certain wild animal species in circuses, variety shows and other entertainment facilities
  • Croatia: Nationwide ban on the use of wild animals in circuses
  • Czech Republic: Nationwide ban on the use of certain species in circuses
  • Cyprus: Nationwide ban on all animals in circuses
  • Denmark: Nationwide ban on the use of certain species in circuses
  • Estonia: Nationwide ban on the use of wild animals in circuses
  • Finland: Nationwide ban on the use of certain species in circuses
  • France: Local bans in 50 towns and cities
  • Germany: Local bans in more than 80 towns and cities
  • Greece: Nationwide ban on all animals in circuses
  • Hungary: Nationwide ban on the use of wild caught animals in circuses, the purchase and training of elephants and primates for circus performances and the purchase, training and use of CITES (Appendix 1) listed species in circuses
  • Ireland: Local bans on the use of animals in circuses in Drogheda, Dublin, Fingal, Galway City, Kildare, Monaghan, Moyle, South Dublin and Waterford
  • Latvia: Nationwide restrictions effectively banning use of wild-caught animals
  • Macedonia: Nationwide ban on the use wild animals in circuses
  • Malta: Nationwide ban on all animals for performances, exhibitions, shows or training for the circus
  • The Netherlands: Nationwide ban on the use and transport of animals in circuses, with exemptions for certain, mostly domestic, species
  • Norway: Use of wild species effectively banned nationwide - positive list of permitted animals only includes domestic animals (apart from camels)
  • Poland: Nationwide ban on the use of wild-born animals in circuses
  • Portugal: Nationwide ban restricting the use of great apes in circuses and the acquisition and breeding of CITES listed species
  • Romania: Nationwide ban on the use of wild animals in circuses (apart from certain exotic bird species and cetaceans)
  • Serbia: Nationwide ban on the use of wild animals in circuses
  • Slovenia: Nationwide ban on the use of wild animals in circuses
  • Spain: Local bans on the use of wild animals in circuses in more than 400 towns and cities including Barcelona
  • Sweden: Nationwide ban on the use of certain species in circuses
  • UK: Over 200 local authorities have bans on animal circuses (more than two thirds of these ban all performing animals, the remainder ban just wild animals). A commitment to ban the use of wild animals in circuses in England has yet to be enacted; Scotland has introduced a bill which is progressing through parliament
  • Ukraine: Nationwide ban on “mobile menageries” and the transportation of wild animals for use in circus performances

NORTH AMERICA

  • USA: 81 partial or full bans on performing animals in jurisdictions in the US, in 29 states
  • Canada: Local bans on the use of animals in circuses in more than 30 municipal jurisdictions including Vancouver

LATIN AMERICA

  • Argentina: Local bans on the use of wild animals in circuses in over 20 cities including a ban in the city of Buenos Aires
  • Bolivia: Nationwide ban on the use of wild and domestic animals in circuses
  • Brazil: Local bans on the use of animals in circuses in 11 states and over 20 cities
  • Colombia: Nationwide ban on the use of wild animals in circuses; Local ban on the use of animals in circuses in the capital, Bogota
  • Costa Rica: Nationwide ban on the use of wild animals in circuses.
  • Ecuador: Nationwide ban on the use of native wild animals; restrictions on the use of exotic animals; ban on the import of both native and exotic wild animals with circuses
  • El Salvador: Nationwide ban on the “Income, use or abuse of wildlife species in all kinds of entertainment”
  • Guatemala: Nationwide ban on the use of animals in circuses
  • Mexico: Nationwide ban on the use of wild animals in circuses
  • Panama: Nationwide ban prohibiting “entry of wild animals for use in static and travelling circuses and similar shows”
  • Paraguay: Nationwide ban on the use of wild animals in circuses.
  • Peru: Nationwide ban on the use of wild animals in circuses as well as a local ban on all animals in Magdalena del Mar

OCEANIA

  • Australia: Local bans on the use of animals in circuses in several towns including Hobsons Bay, Surf Coast Shire, Parramata and Lismore

ASIA

  • India: Nationwide ban on the use of certain species in circuses
  • Iran: Use of wild animals in circuses effectively banned nationwide (no permits issued)
  • Israel: Nationwide ban on the use of wild animals in circuses
  • Lebanon: Nationwide ban on the use of certain species in circuses
  • Singapore: Nationwide ban on the use of wild animals in circuses
  • Taiwan: Nationwide prohibition on the import or export of protected wildlife for circuses

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