On Wednesday March 15th, LAV in collaboration with Animal Defenders International has organised a successful workshop at the Library of the Italian Senate, in Rome, to discuss about circuses with animals and the implications related to the veterinary, ethology and public security. The socio-economic effects of the conversion of circuses with animals to activities without the use of animals has also been debated.
The event, organised to support a Law proposal for a ban on the use of animals in the Italian circuses, has been supported by the President of the Italian Senate, who, in a letter sent to LAV, acknowledges that ”animal welfare is an issue of national relevance”. The programme included national and international speakers: Professor Stephen Harris (Bristol University), Carla Bernasconi (Vicepresident of the National Federation of Italian Veterinaries, FNOVI), Sergio Vistarini (Researcher, Censis Institute), Jan Creamer (AD International), Gaia Angelini (Programme Manager Exotic Animals, LAV), Ilaria Di Silvestre (Programme Leader Wildlife at Eurogroup for Animals) and (via Skype) Teresa Araleny Perez (General Director of the Biodiversity and Protected Areas Department of the Bolivian Ministry of Environment).
The workshop has been followed by the Italian preview of Lion Ark, the pluri-awarded documentary film produced by AD International (www.lionarkthemovie.com).