May 13, 2011

We have all heard the horror stories and seen the pictures of how circus animals are treated so badly. They are forced to perform unnatural acts for the sheer entertainment of humans. And violence and force is often used to train them. This is vividly portrayed in the current movie "Water for Elephants".

Although other countries have banned the use of wild animals in circuses, Bolivia has taken the groundbreaking step of banning all wild and domestic animals from circuses. A law was proposed by sponsor Ximena Flores in Bolivia after an undercover investigation by the nonprofit-making London-based group Animal Defenders International (ADI). This organization had found widespread abuse in circuses operating in Bolivia.

The law states that the use of animals in circuses "constitutes an act of cruelty", and it took effect on July 1st with circus operators being given a year to comply. Ximena Flores commented that Bolivian authorities have a goal of stopping circus operators from the practice of killing the animals they can no longer use. Currently there are about 50 animals that are performing in the national and international circuses in Bolivia.

Hats off to Bolivia in leading the way in the world to make sure that the abuse of circus animals is stopped in their country. It is now up to the rest of the world to take a hard look at this problem and to take their own steps to eliminate the pain and suffering of circus animals in their own countries. There will come a day, hopefully soon, when more people will become aware and this issue will become a thing of the past.

Responses to "Bolivia - A Leading Country in Circus Animal Protection"

  1. Anonymous says:

    "violence and force is often used to train them. This is vividly portrayed in the current movie "Water for Elephants".
    and they elephants used in this movie walked out of the jungle and onto a movie lot under their own steam and proclaimed,"we would like to be featured in a movie that exposes the cruelty of the animal entertainment industry. these elephants are victims as well.

  2. FulviaChristine says:

    Well done to Bolivia for enforcing this rule. Animals are voiceless and need the voices of compassionate people to hear and respond to their plight!

  3. Anonymous says:

    Es fantástico.... Pero... ¿ QUÉ VA A PASAR CON TODOS ESOS ANIMALES DE LOS CIRCOS.....? PUES YA NO GENERANDO DINERO , NO HABRÃ DINERO NI PARA SU COMIDA, NI PARA SU MANTENIMIENTO ....
    ¿ QUÍEN CUIDARÁ DE ELLOS...? ¿ DÓNDE SERÁN GUARDADOS , ALBERGADOS...? ¿ QUIEN SERÁ ENCARGADO A HACERSE CARGO DE TODO ESTO...?

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