Nov 212017
 
Success! Ireland Bans Wild Animals in Circuses

Just days after news broke that Italy banned animals in circuses, Ireland officials gave animal advocates another reason to celebrate after taking a similar stand. The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed TD, has officially signed regulations banning the use of wild animals in circuses as of January 1, 2018. “The use […]

Nov 192017
 
POLL: Should the use of animals in circuses be banned?

Animal advocates are celebrating another major victory after the announcement that Italy is going to phase out the use of all animals in circuses and traveling shows. According to Animal Defenders International (ADI), Italy has one of the largest circus industries in the world with an estimated 100 circuses and about 2,000 animals. The phase […]

Nov 022017
 
The Show Sadly Goes On For Ringling’s Big Cats in Europe

It was cause for major celebration when Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey Circus finally held its last show this spring, but even though the circus has officially shut down, its big cats didn’t get to retire with it. Over the summer news broke that Feld Entertainment, which owns Ringling, applied for a permit to export […]

Oct 302017
 
POLL: Should performing elephants in circuses be banned?

Animal advocates are celebrating another major victory for animals: New York state has officially banned performing elephants. Even though we celebrated when Ringling Bros. announced it would be retiring its elephants, and later closing down, there are still many other circuses and companies dragging them around the U.S. for entertainment. Fortunately, the public is turning […]

Oct 262017
 
Poachers Target Rescued Circus Lions in Worrying New Trend

It was a fairy tale ending when 33 lions rescued from circuses in Peru and Colombia were airlifted to a sanctuary in South Africa in May 2016. Setting foot on the sandy soil after years of abuse, they must have felt they were in paradise. Right from the start, two of the male lions, José […]

Sep 182017
 
POLL: Should the use of wild and exotic animals in traveling circuses be banned?

A dangerous situation that turned deadly for a lost tiger found wandering this week highlights an urgent need to protect both the public and big cats in the U.S. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that the tiger was first spotted on a highway in Atlanta, Ga., before making her way into a neighborhood, where she jumped […]

Jun 272017
 
POLL: Should the use of wild animals in circuses be banned?

Animal advocates are celebrating progress in an effort to ban wild and exotic animals in New York City circuses, but the measure still needs support. The New York City Council is currently considering a bill introduced by council members Rosie Mendez and Corey Johnson that would ban dozens of species of “wild or exotic animals […]

May 292017
 
POLL: Should all circuses with wild animals be closed down?

As Ringling Bros. finally closes its doors forever this week, a recent undercover investigation offers a heartbreaking reminder that many animals are still being abused and exploited by circuses across the U.S. The investigator witnessed violent treatment toward tigers — including one instance of a trainer whipping a tiger 31 times in less than two […]

May 082017
 
POLL: Should more cities ban wild animals in entertainment?

Los Angeles, considered the entertainment capital of the world, will no longer tolerate entertainment that involves performances by wild or exotic animals. The City Council voted unanimously April 25 to ban the exhibition of these animals for entertainment or amusement purposes in circuses, exotic animal shows, public places and private house parties. L.A. will now […]

Mar 282017
 
POLL: Should Orcas be bred and displayed in Chinese marine parks?

SeaWorld announced a year ago that it would end orca breeding at its parks in the U.S. One year later and nearly 8,000 miles away in China, another such program is just getting started. The Chimelong Group, one of the country’s biggest amusement park operators, revealed that it opened a breeding center for orcas on […]

Jan 292016
 
POLL: Should the use of animals in circuses be stopped?

Inside a travelling aquatic circus in Kyrgyzstan’s capital Bishkek, whoops and cheers go up as a dolphin leaps out of a pool and slam-dunks a ball through a basketball net. Hundreds of people packed inside the Moscow Travelling Dolphinarium to watch dolphins and beluga whales perform acrobatic stunts, against a painted backdrop of blue skies […]