Italy has voted to eliminate the use of animals in circuses and travelling shows within a year. Animal Defenders International has hailed the move as a ‘major breakthrough’ for a country which has one of the biggest circus industries in the world. Italy is the 41st country to pass a law prohibiting the exploitation of animals in circuses.
President of Animal Defenders International, Jan Creamer, said: “Travelling from place to place, week after week, using temporary collapsible cages and pens, circuses simply cannot provide for the needs of the animals.
“Through ADI’s undercover investigations we have shown the violence and abuse that is used to force these animals to obey and perform tricks. We applaud Italy and urge countries like the UK and the USA to follow this example and end this cruelty.”
It has been estimated that Italy has around 100 circuses and travelling shows and around 2,000 animals kept captive to perform for people’s entertainment.
Professor Stephen Harris from Bristol University wrote a report on the scientific evidence regarding animals used in circuses. He wrote: “Life for wild animals in travelling circuses…does not appear to constitute either a ‘good life’ or a ‘life worth living’”.
This news is a win for Animal Defenders International, who have been working to achieve this outcome across Europe, and for the animals whose lives have been taken for them for the entertainment business.