In the coming months, Slovakia is set to vote to amend a veterinary law to include protections for animals in circuses.
“Species of wild animals which publicly perform tricks learned from humans and demonstrating atypical behavior not present in nature will be protected,” Slovakia’s Agriculture Ministry’s press office head Vladimír Machalík said.
Animal-rights group Sloboda Zvierat (Freedom of Animals) has been pushing for a ban on wild animal circuses in the country since 2012.
Once the ban is passed, Slovakia will join a growing list of countries who have made a similar ban. These include Greece, Iran, Mexico, The Netherlands, and Bolivia all of which have banned the exploitation of wild animals for human entertainment in circuses.
In the United States, where animal based circuses have been prevalent for many years, there is no current plan to enact a federal law banning the use of wild animals. However, many cities have already banned the practice.