Mexico says “no” to Circus Animals!
Circus without animals in Mexico.
Mexico (such as Austria, Bolivia, Colombia, Greece, Paraguay and Peru) has said “no” to circus animals. Last week the Mexican Congress approved a law that bans the use of wild animals for entertainment purposes. This national prohibition will be effective in six months’ time, after the President of Mexico, Enrique Peña Nieto, officially signs the approval of this law.
Mexican authorities heard the petition started by Animal Rights Organizations, such as PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals), or AnimaNaturalis Mexico, who have strongly fought for animal rights across the world. As a result, circuses in Mexico are no longer allowed to hold wild animals or use them for entertainment purposes. In case of those that already have certain species, they need to be returned to zoos or to Centers for Research and Conservation of Wildlife.
According to the Congress, the use of circus animals doesn’t fulfill a positive or significant purpose, in fact it represents potential danger for the audience.
This new law doesn’t mean the end of the circus tradition in Mexico… On the opposite! Many are looking at it as an opportunity to be creative and introduce new things to the show! The 592 circuses around the country will have to improve their acts to fit the new legislation. The president of the Environmental Commission, Lourdes Adriana Lopez, said the new law does not forbid the use of domestic animals in the shows, since their upbringing is different, and are usually born under captivity conditions.
Consequently, some cirques in Mexico such as Guadalajara’s Magic Spacial Cyber, have made technology their main attraction and found a way of using “animals” for entertainment purposes without risking any lives. For instance, Big Yorgi is a robotic $50,000 USD elephant that can do the same tricks as a real one, but without harming nature.
Once the law is officially approved and effective, circuses that break this regulation will receive a $230,000 USD fine. However, prior to the official signing of the law, 12 states in Mexico along with the nation’s capital have already banned circus animals. In fact, the state of Quintana Roo was one of them, since the Congress Union approved a state law that prohibits the use of animals for entertainment purposes, ever since December 3rd.
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