(WILD ANIMALS/CIRCUSES) MEXICO — Though circuses are meant to excite and entertain, incorporating wilds animals is a cruel and unnatural act. Many circus animals endure abuse and spend their lives caged in small pens against their will.

For decades, animal activists have worked to protect wild animals from being forced to perform in circuses.

Abusive methods are often used to train circus animals. Photo credit: Kerri9494 via flickr
Abusive methods are often used to train circus animals. Photo credit: Kerri9494 via flickr

Mexico recently passed legislation officially banning wild animals from being used in circuses. The measure, originally an amendment to Mexico’s environmental and wildlife law, makes Mexico the 29th nation to pass such an act.

Those who commit an offense under the new legislation face fines up to 150,000 euros.

Animal Defenders International (ADI), an organization aimed at protecting animals around the world, considers the legislation to be the biggest breakthrough in ending the use of wild animals in circuses to date.

Keeping wild animals in cages places stress on the animal. Photo credit: VALERY HACHE/AFP/Getty Images
Photo credit: VALERY HACHE/AFP/Getty Images

ADI President Jan Creamer said:

“The ban in Mexico is a landmark in ending the suffering abuse of animals in the name of entertainment. The world is changing and we are seeing progressive legislation to end the use of wild animals in circuses sweeping the world. Surely it is time for countries like Britain and United States to catch up and do the same.”

The bottom line: Wild animals are not meant to be caged, trained, and tortured. Circus animal abuse can no longer be ignored, and there are still many more countries that must follow suit.

If you don’t find entertainment in animal cruelty, why not help put and end to the circus by boycotting the Big Top with your fellow animal lovers?

Together we can make our voices heard and help inform others about the truth behind circus cruelty.

— Rebecca Hartt, exclusive to Global Animal