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Countries THAT restrict or ban wild animals in circuses

19.6.2018

European prohibitions and restrictions on the use of wild animals in circuses

Austria
General ban on the use of wild animals.

Belgium
General ban on the use of wild animals.

Bosnia-Herzegovina
General ban on the use of wild animals.

Bulgaria
General ban on the use of wild animals.

Croatia
General ban on the use of wild animals.

Cyprus
General ban on the use of all animals.

Czech Republic
Ban on the use of baby apes, seals, whales (excl. dolphins), rhinoceros, hippos, giraffes.

Denmark
General ban on the use of wild animals.
Only the remaining three 'Danish elephants' may stay in circuses.

England
General ban on the use of wild animals as of 2020.

Estonia
General ban on the use of wild animals.

Finland
Ban on the use of apes, big cats, elephants, hippopotami, marsupials, rhinoceros, seals, crocodiles, birds of prey, ostriches, wild ruminant or equine animals.

Greece
General ban on the use of all animals.

Hungary
Ban on the use of elephants, rhinoceros and primates.
Ban on the use of newly captured animals from the wild. Ban on the use of species mentioned in Appendix I of the CITES Convention.

Ireland
General ban on the use of wild animals.

Italy
In November 2017, the Italian parliament adopted a ban on animals in circuses and traveling exhibitions. The ban will be implemented by decree within the next 12 months.

Latvia
General ban on the use of wild animals.

Malta
General ban on the use of all animals.

Macedonia
General ban on the use of wild animals.

Netherlands
General ban on the use of wild animals.

Norway
General ban on the use of wild animals.

Portugal

Ban on the use of great apes. Breeding ban on whales, primates, wolves, bears, big cats, pinnipeds, elephants, manatees, rhinoceros, hippos, flightless birds, reptiles, boa constrictors. In October 2018, a new law banning the use of wild animals in circuses by 2024 was approved by the Portuguese parliament and will be voted on in December 2018.

Poland
Ban on the use of wild animals born in the wild.

Romania
General ban on the use of wild animals as of 2017 (18 months transition period). 

Scotland
General ban on the use of wild animals.

Serbia
General ban on the use of wild animals.

Slovakia
General ban on the use of wild animals.

Slovenia
General ban on the use of wild animals.

Sweden
Ban on the use of apes, big cats, rhinoceros, giraffes, kangaroos, hippos, seals, birds of prey, ostriches, crocodiles, fallow deer.

 

Countries worldwide

 

Bolivia
General prohibition of wild animals and domesticated species since July 1, 2010.

Costa Rica
General prohibition of wild animals.

Ecuador
Nationwide ban on the use of native wild animals; restrictions on the use of exotic animals; ban on the import of both native and exotic wild animals by circuses.

El Salvador
General prohibition of wild animals.

Guatemala
General prohibition of all animals.

Honduras
General prohibition of all animals.

India
General prohibition of wild animals.

Iran
General prohibition of wild animals.

Israel
General prohibition of wild animals.

Columbia
General prohibition of wild animals.

Lebanon
Nationwide ban on the use of certain species in circuses.

Mexico
General prohibition of wild animals.

Panama
Nationwide ban prohibiting the 'entry of wild animals for use in static and travelling circuses and similar shows'.

Paraguay
General prohibition of wild animals.

Peru
General prohibition of wild animals.

Singapur
General prohibition of wild animals.

Taiwan
Nationwide prohibition on the import or export of protected wildlife for circuses.