Victory: Peru Bans Wild Animals In Circuses


Animal Defenders International declared a victory for animals on July 21 when President Alan Garcia of Peru signed a law to ban all wild animals from the country’s circuses. The legislation was introduced after activists showed government officials that the animals were suffering.

Peru became the second country in South America, following Bolivia, to nationally end the practice and protect circus animals.

In their investigation, ADI and local animal protection groups in the region exposed how circus lions in Peru were being whipped and beaten and how monkeys, bears and other animals were housed in “deprived and appalling conditions.”

ADI Chief Executive Jan Creamer said in a press release, “We are absolutely delighted and applaud this bold move by President Garcia and the Congress of Peru. With the ban in Bolivia and the current discussions in Brazil, Ecuador and Columbia, there is no doubt that South America is leading the world on this issue.”

“Peru has looked at the evidence, the undercover investigations, the scientific reports and seen the suffering of the animals. The people of Peru have been adamant in their support of a ban, and both the Congress and President have listened.”

The legislation was introduced by Representatives Alexander Rebaza (APRA) and Jose Urquizo (Gana Peru). Congressman Urquizo is asking all “parliamentarians from all countries to follow the example of Peru and ban wild animals in circuses, ending the suffering of animals.”

Creamer said, “ADI will continue to work with the Government of Peru in preparation of regulations to implement the law.”

The investigation in Peru was part of ADI’s Stop Circus Suffering campaign which is active in more than 10 countries in Europe, North America and South America. The campaign seeks to: rescue suffering animals, expose cruelty, work for animal protection and educate the public.

In February 2011, the organization safely removed every animal from circuses in Bolivia and found new habitats for all of them. Twenty-nine lions were sent to the Wild Animal Sanctuary in Colorado where they now walk free on 80 acres.

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Photo of lion saved from Bolivian circus courtesy of: Animal Defenders International


W. C
W. C7 months ago

Thank you.

William C
William C7 months ago

Thanks for caring.

Katya Pavlova
Katya Pavlova4 years ago

at least some good news...!

Past Member 4 years ago

great news. we have to go on struggling to reach the same goal all over the world

Michelle Lacombe
Michelle Lacombe5 years ago

Well Damn, If these other countries can ban the use of animals in the circus. I don't understand what the hold up is with the U.S.?? People say, they want to leave there countries to come here bec. they are free and, they want to raise there kids here etc.. What's the plm. Why are we not following suite? Why weren't we among the first to do so?
Thank You Peru!

Nickihermes Celine
Past Member 5 years ago

great news,thank you for sharing 16/7

Laurie H.
Laurie H5 years ago

Keep this GREAT NEWS, coming!!!!!!!!! Will share this happy post!!!~

Marianne Good
Past Member 5 years ago

Good news.

Elena B.
Elena Bonati5 years ago

Great news! Everyone should do the same.

Natasha Salgado
Past Member 5 years ago

Awesome news!! It needs to go global.