Warsaw Bans Animal Circuses!
The capital of Poland, Warsaw, has officially banned the use of trained animals in traveling circuses, following similar bans made in the Polish cities of Wroclaw in the west and Slupsk in the north.
Warsaw Mayor Hanna Gronkiewicz-Waltz stated the ban will be held in place by denying city permits to any circuses who use animals in their shows, although it does not apply to private circuses or events organized on private property. She stated:
“We want to set a good example of good relations between man and animal. The use of animals for entertainment purposes has been stirring ever-greater controversy not just in Poland but all over the world.”
Gronkiewicz-Waltz is definitely correct in the sense that the use of animals–especially wild animals, for entertainment purposes is becoming more of a condemned act worldwide as more countries have implemented, or plan to implement, bans. Both Mexico and the Netherlands prohibited the use of wild animals in circuses nationwide, including lions, tigers, bears, zebras, elephants, sea lions, primates and giraffes, with Hawaii potentially becoming the first U.S. state to ban wild animals in circuses.
While the announcement falls short of addressing zoos and animals used for entertainment on private property, it is still a step in the right direction, and will hopefully lead to more cities and countries following suit!
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