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Animal Defenders International

ADI pushes for no further delays to Peru circus ban

Posted: 8 April 2013. Updated: 10 April 2013

In July 2011, President Garcia signed into law an end to the use of wild animals in circuses, making Peru the second country in South America to take national steps to stop the suffering of animals in circuses, following Bolivia’s historic ban in 2009.

The ban was secured following an ADI investigation of circus animal suffering – which exposed lions being whipped and beaten, and monkeys, bears and other animals kept in deprived and appalling conditions – and a long campaign by ADI and local animal protection groups in the region.

Almost two years after the law was passed, ADI is hugely disappointed that the ban has still to take effect. We are however doing all we can to ensure that the ban is implemented as swiftly as possible and, to this end, our South American team are in communication with the Peruvian government and are on the ground, tracking and monitoring circuses with animals.

Obtaining the ban was a major victory for animal protection but unfortunately the battle is not quite over. Please help us ensure that the ban on wild animals in circuses comes into force with no further delays.

How you can help

  • If you know of any animal circus in Peru, please inform the police and let them know the condition of the animals. Please also let us know so that we can add them to our database of active circuses.
  • Voice your opposition to the presence of animal circuses to the Ministry of Agriculture and urge them to implement the ban as soon as possible. Contact them via Twitter @agriculturaperu or facebook.

Read about our campaign to end wild animals in circuses in Peru
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