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ADI Ambassador Jorja Fox commends Bolivian President for new ban on animals in circuses

Posted: 3 July 2009. Updated: 3 July 2009

The actress pays tribute to President Morales for his international leadership on animal protection.

San Francisco. Animal Defenders International (ADI) Ambassador, CSI actress Jorja Fox, has written to congratulate President Evo Morales of Bolivia for his introduction of new legislation that will ban the use of both wild and domesticated animals from use in traveling circuses.

In her letter, Ms. Fox commended President Morales on his country’s international leadership on animal protection, saying, “The fact that Bolivia will be the first South American country with a national ban on animal circuses, including both wild and domesticated species, is a tremendous credit to the compassion and progressive thinking of yourself and your nation.

Fox, a longtime supporter of animal rights, has previously worked with ADI, launching the ‘Stop Circus Suffering’ campaign in the U.S. in 2008, and was made an official ADI Ambassador this year.

After a successful passage through Congress, the Bill passed its final hurdle when the President signed it into law just this week. The new Act is expected to be published at the end of the week.

ADI’s Political Consultant, Corey Evans: “This is a truly historic day for circus animals. Bolivia is the first country to ban animal circuses in South America and the first worldwide to ban both domestic and wild animals in circuses. We applaud President Morales for setting the highest standards of animal protection in South America, which the US must follow.”

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For further information, copies of footage or photographs, contact:
ADI Press Office, San Francisco: Corey Evans:
Tel: (415) 543-2344
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Email: communications@ad-international.org

Photos of Jorja Fox are available upon request.

Background to the new law:
•The Bill was introduced by Congresswoman Ximena Flores of Potosi, as a result of evidence gathered during a disturbing undercover investigation.
•ADI field officers worked undercover in circuses across Bolivia and their observations included: lions confined in a tiny cage on the back of a truck (two were pregnant but continued to perform); a mandrill confined in a tiny cage of approx 3ft; three brown bears kept in tiny compartments measuring just 6.5x9ft, inside a cage on the back of a truck ¬– their only exercise was the walk to and from the ring for their short performance. Lack of safety barriers were noted, as the animals were made to dance, play dead and ride a bicycle.
•The Bill was introduced in January 2009 and progressed through the Chamber of Deputies and the Commission of Sustainable Development of the Senate. In May the Bill was approved by the Senate with some minor amendments, and then final approval of the Chamber of Deputies preceded its signature by President Morales on 1st July.
•Article 1 of the Law: “Object. The object of the present Law is to eliminate the use of wild and/or domestic animals in circus shows in the whole Bolivian territory, because it is considered as an act of cruelty against animals.”

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

ADI footage from South America is available here:

The ‘Stop Circus Suffering’ website is here:

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