Wild Animals Are Now Banned From Circuses in The Netherlands
As of last week, wild animals, including lions, bears, and elephants, are banned from performing in circuses in The Netherlands.
The decision, which was officially passed back in December 2014, was a result of the steadfast dedication of Wilde Dieren de Tent Uit, the association of Dutch animal welfare organizations. For almost a decade, the group has been working towards the ban, and will now be helping to find relocate new homes for the animals.
It’s well known that traveling circuses do not provide the proper living conditions for wild animals. They often suffer from violent training techniques and severe confinement — a brutality that is outdated and which needs to stop immediately.
Ministry of Economic Affairs in The Hague, Secretary Sharon Dijksma, echoed beliefs held by animal rights advocates worldwide when she said of the ban: “The health of animals is more important than their use for parties or clinging to outdated traditions.”
We hope the addition of the U.S. to the list will be sooner than later.