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