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Victory! The Netherlands Bans Use Of Wild Animals In The Circus

The Netherlands adds itself to the list of nine European nations saying no to circuses. Elephants, lions, giraffes, and others will benefit from this new law.
October 1, 2015 Updated: August 26, 2022

As of September 15, there will no longer be wild animals allowed in the circus in the Netherlands. This country adds itself to the list of nine European nations who now say no to this cruel tradition. Bolivia, Paraguay and México have done so as well. More and more nations are following suit, and eliminating wild animals from performing absurd tricks in the arenas – tricks that are not part of their natural behavior, and, unfortunately, tricks trained through the use of physical and psychological abuse. Animals in circuses suffer throughout their entire lives from terrible training. They are subjected to extreme confinement, traveling in cages between different locations and countries, and they lack the natural stimuli of their own species. The Dutch Minister of Economic Affairs in The Hague declared, “The health of animals is more important than their use for parties or obsolete traditions.” Now the challenge is that more governments come together in order to stop these cruel circuses in countries such as the UK or Germany, where they haven´t yet been banned. Currently, there are 16 traveling circuses in the Netherlands that contain 119 wild animals in their possession, and there has been concern about what they will do with the animals now. However, the Dutch animal protection group who campaigned for the ban for the past 9 years, Tent Uit Wilde Dieren, has offered to find new appropriate homes for each species.

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