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Animal Defenders International

Malta publishes draft law to ban animal circuses

Posted: 7 November 2013. Updated: 7 November 2013


The Maltese government has published a draft law to ban animals in circuses just months after conducting a public consultation for which ADI made a detailed submission highlighting the inherent suffering of animals in circuses.

Like ADI, 94% of participants in the consultation backed a ban on ALL animals but presently the legislation only seeks to ban wild animal acts.

The government is inviting comments on the draft law before 1 December and ADI will be reaffirming its call for the law to apply to ALL animals in circuses.

It is however very encouraging that Malta is making such swift progress on this issue.

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