Bolivia Bans Use of Animals in Circuses

Bolivia has become the first country in the world to ban the use of animals in circuses. Bolivian law number 4040, now passed, holds that "it is forbidden to use wild and/or domestic animals in circuses throughout the country." Congratulations to Bolivian congress member Ximena Flores, who lobbied tirelessly for its passage, to President Evo [...]

Bolivia has become the first country in the world to ban the use of animals in circuses. Bolivian law number 4040, now passed, holds that "it is forbidden to use wild and/or domestic animals in circuses throughout the country." Congratulations to Bolivian congress member Ximena Flores, who lobbied tirelessly for its passage, to President Evo Morales, and to Ana Serrano Revollo, a concerned citizen who also worked hard to get the law passed.

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Countries such as Austria, Costa Rica, Finland and Denmark now prohibit the use of wild animals and certain species from circuses, but no other nation comes close to Bolivia's groundbreaking complete ban.

PETA's Missy Lane commented, "With the way things are moving, it seems that animals in Bolivia are on a fast track to having all the simple inalienable rights they deserve."

Lane also shares that PETA is working closely with the Bolivian government on the country's first national animal protection framework law. The circus news additionally comes on the heels of Bolivia's Ministry of Defense Resolution 217, which prohibits their military from torturing and killing animals. Video related to Resolution 217, and why it was so urgently needed, is on the net. But it is extremely disturbing to watch, as are the many videos showing various circus animal abuses. Much better to celebrate this recent legislative victory.