Victory! UK to Ban Wild Animals in Circuses

In another major victory for animals used in entertainment, England has pledged to ban the use of wild animals in circuses. Such a ban was first promised by the government back in 2006, but no action was taken. Since then, numerous examples of animal abuse and suffering have come to light, but despite growing public […]

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POLL: Should circus animal exploitation be banned in England?

Animal advocates have been working for years to end the suffering of circus animals in the UK. Years ago, it looked like that would finally become a reality after a government promise, but it was never followed up with any meaningful action. Now,animal lovers are once again optimistic with reports that a bill to end […]

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Success! Scotland Bans Wild Animals in Traveling Circuses

Animal advocates are celebrating another major win for animals used in entertainment following news that Scotland has banned wild animals in traveling circuses. This week, the Scottish Parliament passed the Wild Animals in Travelling Circuses (Scotland) Bill, which was introduced on ethical grounds earlier this May by Cabinet Secretary for the Environment, Climate Change and […]

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

Within just a few days last month, both Italy and Ireland banned the use of performing animals in circuses on a national level, joining 11 other members of the European Union that have already done so. France, unfortunately, is not one of those countries. A couple of weeks later, an 18-month-old tiger named Mevy escaped […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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