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Peru Bans Animal Circuses

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Posted July 28, 2011 by peta2 staff

I have some great news on the circus front: Peru’s president, Alan García, has signed a law banning wild animals in circuses. The decision comes right on the heels of the British Parliament’s unanimous vote to direct the government to introduce a similar ban. Legislation is also pending in Scotland, Brazil, Ecuador, and Colombia.

The use of animals in circuses has previously been abolished in Austria, Bolivia, Costa Rica, Singapore, Sweden, and many municipalities in Canada.

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Most animals used in circuses are meant to roam over vast territories, but instead live chained or caged in cramped transport trailers and boxcars, allowed out only when forced to do demeaning tricks. Circuses go to great lengths to hide the dark side of the big top—that animals are torn from their families, are beaten into submission, and suffer from arthritis, foot problems, and other conditions.

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  • 1393 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Finally someplace is doing something right!

  • 1441 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    how can you do what you do to these baby elephant. Why you take them away from their mom and family to keep them in prison beating them into submission for oblige them to do what YOU like . This is horrible. I hate what you do .STOP CIRCUS WITH ANIMALS

  • 1441 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    =) so happy to hear this!Bravo Peru!!!Let this be an inspiration to other countries too..

  • M

    1443 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    What group was actually instrumental in getting the ban in Peru, like they did in the Bolivia and the UK. For such an important event for current and future animals, it seems like you should dig a little deeper. “Just keepin’ it real.”
    M

  • 1458 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I want to congratulate president Garcia for taking real actions. Also to congratulate the governments that have took this decision already like mine’s (Costa Rica).

  • 1461 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Hoorayyy!

  • 1461 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Way To Go Peru <3 Come On America…

  • 1461 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Go Peru! hopefully America will ban them too

  • 1462 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Good foe Peru, I’m Peruvian and today’s Peru’s Independence Day and this President Garcia who signed this law left office today, a great way to go :)

  • 1462 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Sweet! Now if only the U.S. would ban animal circuses

  • 1462 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Come on Ecuador , My country !!!

  • 1462 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    YESSSS!!! Great :) now the rest of the world!

  • AA

    1462 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    It is funny to me how the US is considered the land of the free and all this other great stuff, but it is always those countries that are considered “underdeveloped” or “third world” that do more in regards to the rights of people and animals.

  • 1462 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Yay for Peru, now we just need to get America to ban animal circuses!

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