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ADI and Animanaturalis welcome bill to ban the use of animals in circuses in Colombia

Posted: 26 August 2009. Updated: 26 August 2009

PRESS RELEASE – 26.08.09 - for immediate release

To herald the tabling of a bill to ban the use of animals in circuses, Animal Defenders International (ADI) and Animanaturalis will stage a demonstration in front of the Colombian Congress in the Plaza de Bolivar today.

Following the success of the Bolivian law banning the use of animals in circuses, Senators Jairo Clopatofsky, Elsa Gladys Cifuentes and Hector Eli Rojas have joined together and tabled legislation banning the use of wild and domestic animals in circuses. The bill will soon be discussed in the 5th Commission of the Senate.

All the Colombian Senators and Deputies have been invited to attend the event. The demonstration will include activists locked in cages highlighting the plight of circus animals. During the event, ADI Stop Circus Suffering leaflets and DVDs will be distributed.

Where: Plaza de Bolivar in front of the Colombian Congress
When: 10:00-16:00, Wednesday August 26th 2009
This event is open to the press and the public

ADI’s South America’s Campaigns Coordinator, Juan Pablo Olmos, said: “In 2007, ADI launched the campaign Stop Circus Suffering in Colombia. Our investigation on the use of animals in circuses in Colombia revealed staggering levels of confinement and violence, including the tragic case of circus chimpanzee Karla, who was filmed by ADI Field Officers being punched and beaten with a chain in Bogotá. It is time for the Colombian Congress to follow Bolivia’s example and ban the use of animals in circuses.”

About Animal Defenders International:

Animal Defenders International exists to educate, create awareness and alleviate the suffering of animals and work to protect wildlife and the environment. ADI lobbies governments for measures to protect animals and the environment, and organises the rescue of animals in distress. In 2002, at the Conference of Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), ADI’s campaign secured new rules for the cross border movements of endangered species with travelling animal exhibitions in 170 countries.

In 2007, ADI secured the adoption of Written Declaration 40/2007 by the European Parliament calling for an end to the use of apes and wild caught monkeys in experiments and for timetable to phase out all experiments on monkeys. The European Commission proposals currently under consideration are a response to this Declaration. In 2008, ADI secured a ban on the use of all animals in travelling circuses in Bolivia.ADI has offices in London, San Francisco and Bogotá, has representatives in many countries and works with partner organisations all over the world.

About Animanaturalis:

Founded in March 2003, Animanaturalis is an Ibero-American organisation working to establish, divulge and protect the rights of all animals and to promote social and legislative changes. AN is present in Spain, Argentina, Chile, Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador and México. In these countries it works hard through education of the public, diffusion of information and sensibilization with campaigns that include protests, demos, conferences etc. For 8 years, AN has organised massive protests in Pamplona against the bull runs in San Fermin. In 2008, the signer Alaska contributed to a joint AN/PETA campaign by posing nude for a photo against bullfighting. It has also organised protests against fur farms, agro industrial farms and animals in entertainment and on the benefits of a 100% vegetarian diet.

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