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Peru moves closer to animal circus ban

Posted: 5 March 2009

Animal Defenders International (ADI) is delighted that a ban on the use of animals in circuses is within reach in Peru.

A bill proposing a ban has passed through its first debate in the Congress.

It’s a major victory for ADI, after an intensive lobbying campaign involving other Peruvian animal protection groups and supportive cross-party politicians. The unique collaboration followed the successful launch of the report “Science on Suffering” in the Peruvian Congress in 2008.

None of the politicians in the Peruvian Congress voted against the bill when it was debated and approved by the Agrarian Committee. Following the debate, the Commission decided to amend the National Animal Protection Law by adding an article banning the use of animals in circuses.

This positive step forward comes very soon after a similar debate in the Bolivian Congress, which also passed a move to ban animals in circuses.
The bill will soon be discussed in the full parliament.

ADI Chief Executive, Jan Creamer, says “The video and photographic evidence that we collected in Peru, among other places, shows clearly how animals suffer and are abused in circuses. We have received considerable support from the Peruvian people, and now the Peruvian Congress has set the highest positive example for South America, which the rest of the world now needs to follow.”


For further information, contact ADI Public Relations Officer, Ally MacDonald
Office Tel: 020 7630 3344
Mobile: 07785 552548

The ‘Science of Suffering’ South America report is available here (in Spanish):

ADI footage from South America is available here:

The ‘Stop Circus Suffering’ website is here:

The Agrarian Commission of the Peruvian Congress debated and voted in favour of the preliminary report of Bills 917/2007-CR and 2382/2007-CR, to ban the use of animals in circuses on 04/03/09.

Local groups APDA (Accion por los Drechos de los Animales Peru) and Comité de Protección a los Animales have assisted ADI South America in lobbying.

The Commission decided to amend the National Animal Protection Law (27265) by adding an article banning the use of animals in circuses. The article (translated from the original Spanish) reads as follows: “Prohibition on the use of animals in circuses. The use of animals in circus shows, regardless of their species, is prohibited. Circus shows from abroad that are in transit in the national territory, will not be able to carry out activities that require the exhibition and or participation of animals of any species, regardless of the way they are used.”

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