06.06.2017 – Scotland to ban wild animals in circuses

On May 10th, the Scottish Government introduced a bill, based on ethical grounds, prohibiting the use of wild animals in traveling shows. A public consultation in 2014, revealed that a prevalent majority of 98% supported the idea of excluding wild animals in travelling circuses.
You can follow the bill’s progress here
Read more here



29.03.2017 EU wide ban on the use of wild animals in circuses is needed

An EU wide ban on the use of wild animals in circuses is needed. That’s the conclusion of the conference "Use of Wild Animals in Circuses : Time for a Change", held on 28 march 2017, co-hosted at the European Parliament by Marlène Mizzi MEP (Malta, S&D), the Intergroup on the Welfare and Conservation of Animals and organised by Eurogroup for Animals. More than half of EU states and in more that 50 States worldwide already adopted National legislations aiming at banning animals in circuses.

Throughout the presentations the following points have been raised:

  • The general public preferences’ are changing, supporting the idea of circuses without animals. New alternatives for contemporary circus art exist without animals.
  • Circuses are not suited for wild animals as their needs are not fulfilled. They need a suitable environment and transport ensuring their welfare.
  • The use of wild animals in circuses brings a misguided public perception and educational message of wild animals.
  • Public security and safety
  • The need to have best practices in circus entertainment

28.03.2017 – “Conference on the use of wild animals in circuses: time for a change”

The Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialist & Democrats in the European Parliament (S&D), the Intergroup on the Welfare and Conservation of Animals and Eurogroup for Animals, are organizing the “Conference on the use of wild animals in circuses: time for a change”. The event will take place on 28 march 217, at the European Parliament in Brussels (room ASP A1E201), from 15:00-17:00.

Access to the agenda is available here

Conlusions of the conference are available here


Warsaw (Poland) prohibits wild animals in circuses

The city of Warsaw in Poland has banned the use of wild animals in circuses last week. The initiative came from the mayor of the city who wants to improve the relationship between humans and animals. The ban will only apply for circuses taking place on municipal fields, and not in private area.

In Poland, cities of Slupsk, Bielsko-Biala and Wroclaw have already implemented such a ban.

More on http://www.bfmtv.com/societe/la-ville-de-varsovie-interdit-les-animaux-dans-les-cirques-944640.html


Catalonia bans use of wild animals in circuses

On Wednesday 22nd July, the Catalan parliament voted in favor of a legislation aiming to ban the use of wild animals in circuses and similar performance.

More on http://elpais.com/elpais/2015/07/23/inenglish/1437642575_788570.html

This is a good news as wild animals are often kept in very poor conditions in circuses. Around the World, a lot of countries have already prohibited the keeping of wild animals in circuses, including 7 EU Countries. To raise the issue, FOUR PAWS organised in 2013 a conference "Wild animals in captivity" in collaboration with the Born Free Foundation (see: http://www.vier-pfoten.eu/conferences/2013/2013-conference-wild-animals-in-captivity-animal-welfare-law-and-enforcement/).

Follow also our new hashtag #FOURPAWSgowild


Cyprus banned the use of all animals in circuses

Beginning of June 2013, the Cypriot Parliament has voted an amendment to the Cypriot Animal Welfare Law in favour of a total ban on the use of animals in circuses. Cyprus will be the 6th Country of Europe to have partially or definitively limited the use of wild animals in circuses.  Switzerland is also about to restrict the use of wild animals in circuses.

More information on www.bornfree.org.uk