Dutch ban on wild animals in circus in force as of today!

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Dutch ban on wild animals in circus in force as of today!

15 September 2015
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Today Eurogroup for Animals celebrates the official coming into force of the ban to use wild animal species in circus in the Netherlands.

The decision to introduce a ban was taken by the Netherlands Government in august 2015, and supported by the Ministry of Economic Affairs in The Hague; “The health of animals is more important than their use during parties or clinging to outdated traditions,” said State Secretary Sharon Dijksma. Today Eurogroup for Animals celebrates the official coming into force of the ban to use wild animal species in circus in the Netherlands. The decision to introduce a ban was taken by the Netherlands Government in august 2015, and supported by the Ministry of Economic Affairs in The Hague; “The health of animals is more important than their use during parties or clinging to outdated traditions,” said State Secretary Sharon Dijksma.

The Netherlands now prohibits the use of wild animals in any kind of performance (except for those taking place in zoos), joining 7 other European countries that have already adopted a total ban on the use of wild animals in circuses.  In another 8 EU countries there are only limited bans on the use of certain species.

Wild animals in circuses are bought and sold, prematurely separated from their mother and then from companions, confined or chained and forced to stand for hours and frequently moved in small compartments on trains or trucks. They are required to perform behaviours never seen in nature. The circus experience has nothing to do with the reality of the wild animals’ life and behaviour. Wild animals that have been bred for tens generations in captivity still shows extremely high motivation to perform certain activities seen in their wild counterparts.

For all these reasons, Eurogroup for Animals congratulates the Netherlands Government for introducing the ban and hopes that this will soon become the  reality in all EU Member States: the days of transporting wild animals in the back of lorries around towns and cities to show them off to people are long gone.

The health of animals is more important than their use during parties or clinging to outdated traditions. 
Sharon Dijksma, State Secretary of the Dutch Government
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