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wild animals in Circuses

Animal suffering on tour


Thousands of wild animals are still suffering in European Circuses. A travelling circus cannot take the needs of the animals into consideration. The business constantly moves from location to location, cages have to be transported and therefore need to take up as little space as possible and be able to be assembled and disassembled as fast as possible. And so the animals spend most of their time in transport wagons that are far too small. There’s no room for climbing, digging, running, bathing or swimming.

Meanwhile many countries worldwide restricted or banned the use of wild animals in circuses. Here you find an overview.

FOUR PAWS demands:

  • the confiscation and adequate re-housing of animals subjected to bad keeping conditions.
  • that domesticated animals should only be permitted in circuses if appropriate keeping conditions can be guaranteed. Only an approved list of specified animals should be allowed.
  • a ban on the breeding and replacement of wild animals in the short term
  • a ban on wild animals in circuses