The Netherlands Bans Circus Bullying

(CIRCUSES/ANIMAL ABUSE) Just two days after Mexico announced its plans to ban wild animals in the circus, the Netherlands became yet another country to take a stand against circus animal abuse.

Over two years ago, the UK drafted a similar ban on this issue, but it has yet to come into effect. Animal activists like Animal Defenders International (ADI) are hoping the Netherlands’ and Mexico’s decision will help push the UK as well as other nations to follow suit.

Columbia has passed a bill banning circuses from using wild animals in their show.
Countries all over the world are beginning to ban the use of wild animals in circuses. Photo Credit:

Despite the lack of movement from the UK, more than 30 countries now have laws restricting the use of animals in traveling circuses.

ADI President Jan Creamer said in a statement:

“The use of animals in travelling circuses is cruel and out-dated, and that is now recognised in legislation in 30 countries. Animal Defenders International hopes that this will be a wake up call to the UK Government to bring in the ban it drafted, and promised the public, over two years ago.

We are seeing a worldwide change in what is considered acceptable to do to animals in the name of entertainment. The UK once led on such matters, but is now lagging woefully behind.”

Thanks to their efforts in exposing the horrifying truths behind the scenes of the circus, ADI and similar organizations have helped sway public opinion on a once beloved family attraction.

They have effectively proven how animal acts in circuses do not have any educational benefits, and that the circus can thrive without abusing helpless animals for the sake of entertainment.

Los Angeles City Council banned the use of bullhooks in circuses on Wednesday.
Bullhooks are often used as weapons to tear the skin of elephants and beat them bloody. Photo Credit: PETA

ADI is currently working with countries like Peru and Columbia to help enforce similar bans. So far, ADI has helped save 30 lions and countless other animals with their mission Operation Spirit of Freedom.

You can do your part by boycotting circus acts that use wild animals, and consider donating to ADI’s Operation Spirit of Freedom to help save more animals from abuse.

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

— Cara Meyers, exclusive to Global Animal