Eurogroup for Animals releases its updated report on the use of wild animals in circuses

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Eurogroup for Animals releases its updated report on the use of wild animals in circuses

23 March 2021
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Eurogroup for Animals’ updated report on the use of wild animals in EU circuses is now out. The report, whose first version was published in 2017, includes an extensive list of incidents involving the public and wild animals in EU circuses.

The updated list covers 24 years between 1995 and 2019, and includes 478 incidents involving 889 wild animals in EU circuses, demonstrating that the use of wild animals in circuses is not only a problem for animal welfare, but also an important issue of public safety and security.

The report also presents an overview of the growing number of bans and restrictions on the use of wild animals in circuses in EU Member States, with a particular focus on the process of enforcement of total bans on the use of wild animals in the respective countries. Solutions that can be adopted when phasing out the use of wild animals in circuses are illustrated.

20 Member States already adopted a ban on the use of wild animals. Given the cross-border nature of the issue, Eurogroup for Animals believes only an EU-wide  harmonised and  full ban can guarantee a coherent and effective solution.

In order to facilitate the transition when bans are implemented, the report also includes a list of rescue centres and sanctuaries that have been identified by Eurogroup for Animals’ member organisations as appropriate to rescue prohibited circus animals. 

Eurogroup for Animals takes the opportunity to thank our members for their input and support with the publication of this report. 

Read the report:

Wild Animals in EU Circuses : Problems, Risks and Solutions