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Mexico bans wild animals in circuses!

Posted: 12 December 2014. Updated: 12 December 2014

In a huge victory for animals, Mexico has passed legislation banning the use of wild animals in circuses, becoming the 29th nation to introduce an animal circus prohibition. Animal Defenders International (ADI) is heralding the victory as one of the biggest ever breakthroughs in the campaign to end the use of animals in travelling circuses. The ban was passed by the Senate and House of Representatives with 267 votes in favour, 76 against and 40 abstentions. The ban is now awaiting the signature of the President to become law.

Senator Jorge Emilio González Martínez (PVEM) proposed the measure last year as an amendment to Mexico’s environmental and wildlife law, General Law of Ecological Equilibrium and Environmental Protection. Those found guilty of committing an offence under the new legislation face huge fines of 50 to 50,000 times the minimum wage - the equivalent of nearly $230,000. The Green Party in Mexico has asked ADI to begin highlighting the law throughout Mexico.

As abuse has been exposed in circuses, legislation has begun to sweep the world. A two-year undercover investigation by ADI in South American circuses has been key in securing bans in nine Latin American countries.

Jan Creamer, President of ADI, who is at present in Peru overseeing the rescue operation to enforce the wild animal ban there, says: “The ban is Mexico is a landmark in ending the suffering abuse of animals in the name of entertainment. The world is changing and we are seeing progressive legislation to end the use of wild animals in circuses sweeping the world. Surely it is time for countries like Britain and United States to catch up and do the same.”

ADI’s Operation Spirit of Freedom to enforce the bans on wild animal acts in Peru and Colombia has rescued 30 lions, nine monkeys and other animals. Previously ADI emptied Bolivia of circus animal (29 lions and other animals) in a historic enforcement operation that is the subject of the award-winning documentary LION ARK.

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With offices in Los Angeles, London and Bogota, ADI campaigns across the globe on animals in entertainment, providing technical advice to governments, securing progressive animal protection legislation, drafting regulations and rescuing animals in distress. ADI has a worldwide reputation for providing video and photographic evidence exposing the behind-the-scenes suffering in industry and supporting this evidence with scientific research on captive wildlife and transport. ADI rescues animals all over the world, and educates the public on animals and environmental issues.

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