midiamimesNetherlands approves a ban on wild animals in circuses

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Circus elephant (Photo: Dirkjan Ranzijn)The Netherlands has joined the list of European countries that have prohibited the use of wild animal species in circuses. Implementing a positive-list approach, listing species that are allowed in performances, the Netherlands will be prohibiting the use of animal species excluded from the list and their use in any type of performance (excluding performance in zoos). Other European countries that have prohibited the use of animals in circuses include: Austria, Belgium, Croatia and Estonia, whilst two countries, Greece and Malta, have prohibited all animals in performances (that includes circuses).
The decision for the ban by the Netherlands Government has been in consideration for some time, but following confirmation on Saturday 13th December 2014, it has been concluded that the ban will be in place from 15th September 2015. Supported by The Ministry of Economic Affairs in The Hague; “The health of animals is more important than their use for parties or clinging to outdated traditions,” said Secretary Sharon Dijksma.
Meanwhile the German Animal Welfare Association has been fighting for years, in vain, for a nationwide ban on the use of wild animals in circuses and in the UK, efforts to bring about such a ban in England, through a Private Member’s Bill, has now been blocked an unbelievable seven times. The debate in the UK Parliament will again be heard on 9th Jan 2015.
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