Netherlands Bans Wild Animals in Their Circuses
Just this past Tuesday, the Dutch government officially passed a ban on any wild animals being used in circuses throughout the country.
The animals included in this ban are lions, tigers, bears, zebras, elephants, sea lions, primates, as well as giraffes. These former performing animals will now be able to live free of the notoriously terrible conditions present in circuses, such as cramped and unsanitary enclosures, and will no longer have to endure extensive travel or perform cruel and unnatural tricks.
While circuses and circus trainers of course do a convincing job of making it seem like animals involved in them actually enjoy performing for those who attend the shows, undercover footage as well as the techniques many trainers use have widely been documented and exposed to the public. The animals suffer high amounts of stress and torture in order for their trainers to have their compliance and servitude.
This news comes mainly as the result of the association of Dutch animal welfare organizations, Wilde Dieren de Tent Uit, as they have worked to get this ban in place for the last nine years, focusing specifically on wild animals. The same association is also offering to help find new homes for the animals that have been and will be released.
Out of the current 22 circuses in the Netherlands, 16 of them own 119 different wild animals, which means 16 of the 22 zoos are no longer legally able to hold on to any of the above-mentioned wild animals. The Netherlands will follow nine other European states that have also implemented a wild animals ban in circuses. These countries include Austria, Greece, as well as Belgium.
Although the news of Costa Rica shutting down their zoos ended up being hindered due to a ridiculous ruling, the Dutch government implementing this important ban sheds a much needed light for animals kept in captivity everywhere.
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