After tragic shooting of escaped tiger, should France ban circus animals?

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Within just a few days last month, both Italy and banned the use of performing animals in on a national level, joining 11 other members of the that have already done so. , unfortunately, is not one of those countries.

A couple of weeks later, an 18-month-old named Mevy escaped as her cage was being cleaned at the Cirque Bormann Moreno in Paris.

In addition to eight , the features performing animals like horses, camels, llamas and a zebra.

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Mevy wandered over to a public road as her owner and head of the circus, Eric Bormann, followed her.

Despite his best attempts, Bormann failed to coax the tiger back, according to a statement from the circus. Tranquilizer darts were “considered too risky … We needed above all to ensure the safety of the public.” So Bormann shot Mevy three times, the tiger who’d been born, raised and bottle-fed in his circus.

Could this tragedy be the impetus for France to join Italy, Ireland and other countries in banning circus animals? Animal welfare advocates are urging Ecology Minister Nicolas Hulot to quickly act on this issue.

“What happened on Friday could have resulted in far more serious consequences,” Brigitte Bardot Foundation spokesman Christophe Marie told The Local. “We are already seeing a change in society — people are starting to question the relationship between humans and animals. France must respond in the same way as other countries and ban animals from circuses altogether.”

Circus animals like Mevy spend their lives in what Marie describes as “extreme conditions of captivity” — confined to cramped cages instead of roaming free in the wild. “These animals, which naturally need a lot of space, develop diseases such as stereotypy, which results in repetitive behaviors: tigers that circle in their cage for example, or elephants that swing from one leg to another,” he said.

Not only do circus animals have dismal lives, but their misery puts humans at risk. Case in point: The day after Mevy was killed, a tiger in a Chinese circus escaped from his cage during a performance. The tiger scratched two children in the audience before being returned to his cage. Local media reported that the tiger “may have been annoyed at the show.”

Witnesses said the tiger “appeared to turn defensive and then aggressive as it was being abused by its handler, and it managed to escape the enclosure entirely when it rammed one of the sides and broke it apart.”

A few months ago, France’s Hulot said he wanted to create a think tank on animal welfare. The group’s first initiative should be prohibiting the use of performing animals in circuses.


Please sign and share this Care2 petition urging French President Emmanuel Macron and Ecology Minister Nicolas Hulot to ban the use of animals in circuses throughout France.

This article was first published by on 04 Dec 2017.

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These awesome animals are captured when they are babies of their mother and their pride, they are put through unthinkable horrors of being beaten, starvation, put in cages where they cannot even move, till they abide by the handlers rules, humans greed for money has reached a point that is causing such cruelty to these animals all because of their vulnerability instill in them of severing punishment if disobeyed, humans are the worst species around, when the animal reaches its breaking point, it will try to escape who wouldn’t, they are shoot down, yet the authorities and the public will… Read more »

Chandra Kulupana

These animals should be in the jungle Humans are responsible for making them prisoners and shooting them for a single carelessness of humans…If they can;t look after them properly they shouldn’t have these dangerous animals

Linda Badham
Linda Badham


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Norma Hurt

ye and they all should be relesed to sancutaries.

Jean Daniels

Yes – all humans should stop exploiting other animals.

Max Yii

Anyone who is against animal cruelty should stop going to the zoo and circus.