midiamimesMalta ends the use of animals in circuses

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Malta bans animal circuses (Photo: International Animal Rescue)The Maltese Parliament has voted unanimously in favour of a bill that will prohibit the use of animals in circus acts and strengthen animal welfare provisions in the country.
 
Amending Malta’s Animal Welfare Act, the bill not only prohibits the use of all animals for performances, exhibitions and shows but, also creates the new post of Commissioner for Animal Welfare, to strengthen enforcement powers, and establishes tougher penalties for acts of animal cruelty. The amended Act should revolutionise animal protection in Malta, which previously has had a poor record.
 
Malta joins Greece in the banning of all animals in circuses, whilst EU countries: Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Cyprus, Estonia and Slovenia have banned the use wild animals in circuses.
 
In England, Defra (the Government department responsible) has said that: “We are committed to banning the use of wild animals in circuses, and will introduce legislation as soon as Parliamentary time allows”. A Second Reading is due in UK Parliament on 24th October.
 
» Read more about Malta’s new amendment to the Animal Welfare Act
 
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