Italy is taking new measures to ban all animal circuses. They’ll become the 41st country to implement laws to restrict animal use in circuses.
Throughout the next year, Italy will create a series of strict regulations to help implement the ban through a Ministerial decree.
The country currently has a total of 100 animal circuses that use and exploit up to 2,000 animals.
According to Vegnews: “Animal-rights organization Animal Defenders International (ADI) worked with local organization Lega Anti Vivisezione (LAV) to educate Italian legislators about the cruelty involved in using animals for entertainment. The organizations held a workshop at the Italian senate that included a screening of Lion’s Ark—a documentary of ADI’s dramatic rescue of 25 lions previously held captive in Bolivian circuses.”
“Through ADI’s undercover investigations,” ADI President Jan Creamer said, “we have shown the violence and abuse that is used to force these animals to obey and perform tricks. We applaud Italy and urge countries like the UK and the US to follow this example and end this cruelty.”
Meanwhile, both Wales and Scotland are currently in talks to implement similar laws however, England still won’t take necessary measures to protect animals.