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Broken but not beaten – despite brutal attack ADI continues fight to free Peru’s wild animals

Posted: 23 August 2013. Updated: 27 August 2013


This week an ADI field officer in Peru was left with a broken leg and smashed cell phone after being attacked by circus workers.

It is the third and most serious incident in South America this year. The incident occurred as ADI monitors circuses across Peru and negotiates with the Government on enforcement of the Peruvian ban on wild animals in circuses.

Despite being battered and bruised he and the rest of the ADI team are determined to press on. The incident has been reported to the police.

Whilst ADI will not be intimidated, we urgently need funds to keep our field officers monitoring the circuses and working with Governments to ensure that the bans in Peru and Colombia are enforced.

These are likely to be the biggest operations of their kind ever undertaken.

This year ADI field officers have visited over twenty circuses in Peru, establishing which have wild animals and which species of animals there are. This is an ongoing process in both Peru and Colombia in order to prepare to save the animals.

We secured the bans – now we need your help to save the animals.

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Watch the trailer for the documentary Lion Ark about ADI’s operation that closed down Bolivia’s circus industry and saved the animals – the film opens at festivals in October.

Read more about our Stop Circus Suffering Peru campaign here

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