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Published on July 29th, 2011 | by Shellee Tyler

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Peru Bans Wild Animals In Circuses after ADI Investigation {Video}

July 29th, 2011 by

Persistence has paid off for the Animal Defenders International “Stop Circus Suffering” campaign. Although it has been a long and hard battle, it has paid off with a landmark victory in Peru. Peru’s President, Alan Garcia, just signed into law an end to the use of wild animals in circuses.

After reviewing an investigation of circus animal suffering by ADI and local animal protection groups in the region, Peru is now the second country in South America to stop the use of animals in circuses (following Bolivia). Considering similar moves are the UK, Brazil, Ecuador and Colombia.

ADI Chief Executive Jan Creamer said: “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 Colombia, 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.”

Representatives Alexander Rebaza (APRA) and Jose Urquizo (Gana Peru) introduced the bill and have championed it throughout the legislative process. Congressman Urquizo invites parliamentarians from all countries to follow the example of Peru and ban wild animals in circuses, ending the suffering of animals.

Congressman Urquizo said: “that will make us a more modern and civilized society.” The investigation by ADI revealed horrible acts of cruelty to the animals in the circuses, some of the animals were severely beaten while others were kept in appalling conditions.

Similar measures have been under discussion in Brazil, Colombia and Ecuador. Other countries with similar legislation include Austria, Costa Rica, Sweden, Finland, Singapore and Denmark.

h/t Animal Defenders International

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