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Great news this morning! There will be a few more animals that’ll leave the suffering of circuses soon! Mexico City has become the latest city council to vote for a ban on animals in circuses. According to Animal Defenders International, “circuses will be given a year to change their acts or risk fines of $45,000-$60,000.”

This vote comes in reaction to many allegations of animal abuse, and now the circus owners will have about a year to alter their shows, says the L.A. Times. 

The vote was an overwhelming one. According to the L.A. Times, “The vote by Mexico City’s legislative assembly wasn’t close, with 41 politicians favoring the law, none voting against it and 11 abstaining. Now Mexico City, with more than 20 million residents, and six Mexican states — Colima, Guerrero, Morelos, Yucatan, Chiapas and Zacatecas — prohibit the use of animals in circuses.”

The new law will not force circuses to get rid of the animals they do have, but they will no longer be allowed to be used in shows. While this still leaves the line of potential abuse and exploitation open for these animals, the good news is that they will at least have a rest from the cruelties of having to perform in shows. The law does not apply to other show types, however, like rodeos, which is a shame — but we would like to at least be happy that one step has been taken forward for the animals in circuses in this area!

Jesus Sesma, a politician who advocated for the ban, says the move is showing “a respect for living beings who are not human.”

We are so happy to see this move made in the name of circus animals! We will not give up the fight for their rights until they are truly “free” of all potential exploitation, but this is a great start!

Image source: chensiyuan – chensiyuan/Wikimedia Commons

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126 comments on “Mexico City Votes To Ban Animals in Circuses!”

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Bill Korotkov
3 Years Ago

Good to hear..these tigers look silly doing this,they should be free .circuses should be cancelled forever.

Karen Swanson Mesko
3 Years Ago

Wonderful news!

Rhonda Osborne
3 Years Ago

About time animals are not playthings for humans

Kay Muldoon
3 Years Ago

Yay!!! Now ALL cities need to ban animals in circuses everywhere.

Bob Barnaby
3 Years Ago

Sadly there being hunted to extinction..... but at least there in their natural habitat..... ....we had a father slap his daughter so hard in Ontario she died 3 days later.....he wasnt a cruel man ..... he got 60 days.......he didnt mean it.........

Nicole Middleton
3 Years Ago

ALL cities need to do this!!!

Sandra Skolnik
3 Years Ago

Good news! And as an aside: Well at least his little dick is braver than that of a hunter with a dick substitiute.

Lakshmi Kondamma
3 Years Ago

Great humans speak on behalf of these animals

Donna Aylesworth Furano
3 Years Ago

I hate this pic. I guess its a start!

Biljana Galabova
3 Years Ago



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