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Seminar at the House of Representatives discusses circus animal ban

Posted: 5 May 2010. Updated: 16 January 2014

Congress called on to ban animal circuses as new video reveals animal suffering

A new video documentary from Animal Defenders International (ADI) “Unnatural Acts. Stopping the suffering in circuses in Brasil," is being screened in the House of Representatives with a call for Congress to adopt Bill 7291/2006 banning animal circuses throughout Brasil. The new video contrasts the shocking abuse and confinement of animals in circuses with how the animals would live in nature. The video includes footage filmed during the past few weeks from inside Brasilian circuses, as well as examples of circuses cruelty from across South America.

Where: Auditorium Freitas Nobre, House of Representatives, Brasilia.
When: 9am, Wednesday 5th May, 2010

The meeting will be addressed by Katia Lemoa the Prosecutor for the Defense of the Environment and Cultural Heritage (Prodema) of the Public Prosecution in the Federal District and Territories (MPDFT); Roberto Cabral the General Coordinator of the Investigations Department of the Brazilian Institute of Environment and Natural Resources (IBAMA); Ricardo Tripoli the rapporteur of the bill (PSDB / SP); actress Luisa Mel; and Helder Constantino ADI Head of Parliamentary Affairs and ADI Brasil Representative.

ADI are urging Congress to ensure that the Bill banning animal circuses is put on the plenary agenda and Brasil takes the progressive step of ending this outdated cruelty. In November, the proposal was approved at the Constitutional Committee on Justice and Citizenship (CCJC) of the House, but awaits a full vote.

Helder Constantino: “There is rising public concern about the use of animals in travelling circuses which is reflected in the growing number of states and municipalities that have banned animal circuses. These include Mato Grosso do Sul, Paraíba, Pernambuco, Rio de Janeiro, Rio Grande do Sul, Sao Paulo and Espirito Santo and over 50 municipalities. We believe that anyone watching our new video will be convinced that circuses are no place for animals. Our video shows that as we wait for this law to be passed, elephants are living in chains, and camels and horses in very poor conditions.

“There is increasing opposition to the use of animals in circuses with countries like Austria, Bolivia, Costa Rica, Denmark, Israel, India and Singapore implementing bans, and others like the Congresses of Peru, Colombia, Chile, the UK and Norway currently discussing bans. A commitment to end this suffering from Brasil would be hugely influential around the world.”

The latest ADI video includes footage from five Brasilian circuses filmed in the past few weeks – so is an up to date examination of how animals currently live in circuses here. This and previous ADI investigations have revealed animals living in severe confinement in barren conditions, inadequate care, and physical abuse behind the scenes.

ADI Brasil representative "There has been a dramatic decrease in the number of circuses using animals but the same problems and animal suffering continue. It is therefore vital that Congress acts to end the suffering. ADI also shows in this film that there is a successful and humane alternative to animal circuses – circuses with human-only acts. We believe that the increasing success of circuses without animals shows that animal circuses can be banned."

Information: Camila Rocha - 9666-9785 / 9163-9270

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