Italy Bans Use of All Animals in Circus Acts
According to Animal Defenders International (ADI), on Wednesday Italy became the “41st country to pass national measures prohibiting the use of animals in circuses,” by voting to phase out all animals in circus acts and traveling shows.
The vote took place in the Assembly of the Italian Parliament and includes all animals, not just wild ones. Jan Creamer, president of ADI, stated:
“Traveling from place to place, week after week, using temporary collapsible cages and pens, circuses simply cannot provide for the needs of the animals. Through ADI’s undercover investigations we have shown the violence and abuse that is used to force these animals to obey and perform tricks. We applaud Italy and urge countries like the UK and the US to follow this example and end this cruelty.”
Although the phase-out period will be determined “within one year by a Ministerial decree,” ADI notes the significance of this victory as Italy has an “estimated 100 circuses with some 2,000 animals.”
Just last week India banned the use of wild animals in circuses, and last month New York State banned the use of elephants in all entertainment acts.