ALMERE, The Netherlands – In their coalition agreement presented to the public on the 29th of October, the new Dutch government announced a ban on the use of wild animals in circuses. The Dutch animal protection organization Wilde Dieren de Tent Uit (No Wild Animals in Circuses) has worked towards a ban for years and is, together with co-founder the AAP Foundation, very excited about this animal friendly decision by the Dutch government.
Previously, the Dutch government had not implemented any animal welfare standards required when using circus animals. But now, the Netherlands is the third European country to ban the use of wild animals in circuses, after Austria and Greece which have already made the move. Greece even put an end to the use of all animals in circuses.
In 2008, the Dutch parliament nearly agreed on a ban, but now, in 2012, the new coalition finally states that the use of wild animals in circuses should end. David van Gennep, director AAP Foundation: “We congratulate Wilde Dieren de Tent Uit on this huge success and thank our partner organizations for their enormous commitment to the elephants, monkeys, tigers and other wild animals that have performed and still perform tricks in circuses in the Netherlands.”
Leonie Vestering, director Wilde Dieren de Tent Uit: “This decision is a big reward for Wilde Dieren de Tent Uit and we are very happy that the ban is finally included in the coalition agreement. We are very willing to help move the animals to a shelter where their wellbeing is secured.”