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Bolivia Bans All Circus Animals


Animals  (tags: bolivia, ban animal circuses, first wordwide ban, animal advocates, laws, protection )

Simone
- 3616 days ago - guardian.co.uk
Bolivia has enacted what animal rights activists are calling the world's first ban on all animals in circuses. A handful of other countries have banned the use of wild animals in circuses, but the Bolivian ban includes domestic animals as well.



   

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Mathew Wallace (1159)
Saturday August 1, 2009, 5:02 am
Definately a step in the right direction
 

. (0)
Saturday August 1, 2009, 10:58 am
Good, this is such good news, hopefully wothers will follow suit... I have been to a circus with no animals and it was fantastic
 

Susan M (239)
Saturday August 1, 2009, 11:10 am
Hope others follow.
 

Patricia M (139)
Saturday August 1, 2009, 11:14 am
Circuses are just as fun, if not more so without animals, as the humans have to really work to put on a show that will hold people's attention. Bolivia's ban is a great step, but with the ban I wonder how many animal 'entertainers' will be abandoned or not treated well due to them not 'earning their keep. Circuses should be monitored as to what they do with the animals they no longer 'need'.
Future generations (I hope) will be appalled at 'old fashioned' circuses that used animals. A thing of the past! How great!
 

MARY D (158)
Saturday August 1, 2009, 12:14 pm
Excellent news!!! Thank you!!
 

Blandine C (15)
Saturday August 1, 2009, 12:18 pm
Yes i love Bolivia... it's so good. Thanks for them
 

Suzanna van der Voort (271)
Saturday August 1, 2009, 12:24 pm
"The idea that it is funny to see wild animals coerced into acting like clumsy humans, or thrilling to see powerful beasts reduced to cringing cowards by a whipcracking trainer is primitive and medieval.
It stems from the old idea that we are superior to other species and have the right to hold dominion over them."
óDr. Desmond Morris, anthropologist, animal behaviorist, author--

Yes, I have read the message on Facebook and will cross post too.
I think when we all showed the children the videos taken behind the scene, how these animals are beaten and yelled at, they will never approve this.
There is a famous circus without animals: Le Cirque de Soleil and it is amazing what these humans do!
When humans want to be amused, don't abuse animals for that.
Noted with joy and thanks Simone

 

Elvira S (82)
Saturday August 1, 2009, 1:07 pm
I see the tiny glimmer of a light in the distance.
Thank you Bolivia, now who has the courage to follow?
 

Shirley H (49)
Saturday August 1, 2009, 2:10 pm
All Countries should ban animals from Circus acts. It's about time - REALLY PAST TIME.
Shirley H.
 

Heide C (53)
Saturday August 1, 2009, 2:31 pm
KUDOS to Bolivia for taking this courageous step! Hopefully many more countries will follow suit!

Suzanna, how right you are, 'Cirque de Soleil' rocks!!!

And, Patricia, I am totally with you that we have to make sure the 'unemployed' will not be mistreated, there should be provisions made immediately to get them to safe sanctuaries!

 

johnnie W (23)
Sunday August 2, 2009, 10:57 am
Yea for Bolivia, they are so ahead of the other nations concering this problem they should be given a high award for it . Please feel free to flaunt it in every country face, ;make them feel bad about not already doing the same thing. How smart someone was to see this. Why America allows this to contiune I am sure is because of all the good ole boys in the congress. It should stop today! Ringling Bros have made enough blood money off of the animals back. They could still have there circus use humans, people laugh at humans a lot quicker than they do mis treated animals. If I had my way there would be no circus alowed anywhere. THANK YOU BOLIVIA FOR TAKING THE RIGHT STEP FORWARD.
 

carol k (17)
Sunday August 2, 2009, 4:58 pm
BRAVO to Bolivia! finally a positive action for the good & better welfare of animals! I just hope & pray other countries follow this QUICKLY.
 

Christoph Wuth (72)
Monday August 3, 2009, 3:44 am
A small step for animal rights a giant leap for humanity.
 

Teri Johnson (21)
Monday August 3, 2009, 7:28 am
WONDERFUL, WONDERFUL NEWS!!!!! KUDOS BOLIVIA! Now, if all other countries would take the initiative and gain the same compassion. What a fantastic achievement in favor of Gods gorgeous sentient beings!
 

David Carino (8)
Saturday August 8, 2009, 9:53 am
GREAT NEWS!!
 

Kay F (550)
Saturday August 8, 2009, 11:02 am
Really great news, thanks Simone.
 

Tierney G (381)
Saturday August 8, 2009, 11:33 am
Yes good news!! Thanks Simone
 

Mandi T (367)
Saturday August 8, 2009, 11:51 am
One more positive step for the love of our animals!
Tx dear Simone
 

Past Member (0)
Saturday August 8, 2009, 4:31 pm
GOING TO A CIRCUS IS FUN, BUT I ENJOY THE HUMAN MARVELS AND THE CLOWNS ARE GOOD TOO. BUT I HAVE ONLY ENJOYED THE ANIMAL ACTS BACK WHEN I WAS A KID AND DID NOT KNOW BETTER. I ALWAYS WONDERED WHY THEY HAD TO KEEP THE ANIMALS IN SUCH SMALL CAGES. BUT AS AN ADULT I KNEW THAT THE ANIMALS WERE NOT HAPPY, NO MATTER THE INTERVIEWS WITH THE TIGER OWNERS. THAT WAS JUST PR TRYING TO WORK THE PUBLIC INTO GOING TO THE CIRCUS STILL. I HAVE NOT BEEN TO ONE FOR OVER 40 YEARS. I AM HOPING THAT AMERICA WILL BE THE NEXT ONE TO FOLLOW BOLIVIA.
THE HUMAN ACTS ARE MORE THRILLING TO WATCH AND THEY ARE ABLE TO MAKE UP THEIR OWN MINDS TO RISK THEIR LIVES OR WHAT EVER. THE CIRCUS ANIMALS HAVE NO SAY SO. AND HAVING THE BIG CATS JUMP THR0UGH FIRE AND THE REST IS CRIMINAL. AND ELEPHANTS NEED A LOT OF LAND TO FEEL AT LEAST COMFORTABLE. THE KILLING OF CIRCUS ANIMALS BECAUSE THEY GET OLD, INJURED AND TOO COSTLY TO FIX, OR THE CROWDS ARE BORED WITH THOSE ANIMALS ACTS=HORRIBLE CRUELTY AND HEINIAOUS (MISSPELLED) THAT TO LET YOUR KIDS GO AND SEE THE ANIMALS IS SO NOT APPROPRIATE.
SO HURRAY FOR BOLIVIA AND THE OTHER COUNTRIES I KNOW WILL FOLLOW SUIT. IT SOMETIMES ONLY TAKES ONE TO SHOW THE OTHERS WHAT IS RIGHT AND WHAT IS WRONG. MY GRAND KIDS HAVE NOT BEEN TO ANY CIRCUSES AND I AM GLAD MY GROWN KIDS REMEMBERED WHAT THEY WERE TAUGHT.
 

. (0)
Saturday August 8, 2009, 5:19 pm
Great news!!! Now we're getting somewhere!
 

Cheree M (46)
Sunday August 9, 2009, 2:11 am
Good, Finally. Noted Thanks
 

Kathleen Hilliker (293)
Sunday August 9, 2009, 9:04 am
Wow....go, Bolivia! Thanks for being a LEADER and not a FOLLOWER!!!
 

Marcy M (97)
Sunday August 9, 2009, 9:58 am
WONDERFUL news!
 

Margaret F (117)
Tuesday August 11, 2009, 7:32 am
Great News! I hope others will quickly follow suit. I am concerned now about what the circuses will do to these innocent animals now that they have no need for them. Thanks Simone!
 

Suzane K (38)
Monday August 17, 2009, 4:04 am
A much needed step. Thanks to every one involve in this decision.
 

. (0)
Thursday September 3, 2009, 3:40 pm
Excellent news.Other countries should follow !
 

Michael Owens (1647)
Thursday September 3, 2009, 5:47 pm
Hope others follow.
 
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