Madrid City Council gives circuses one year to stop having animals
Circuses without animals in 2020
The Municipal Government Board has approved the modification of the regulatory ordinance of the Keeping and Protection of Animals to introduce this prohibition and hopes that the municipal plenary session can ratify it this March or April, so that circuses with animals will disappear from the capital in the spring of 2020.
Manuela Carmena's government spokeswoman, Rita Maestre, explained that the City Council has rejected the allegations of the circus sector, which called for example a six-year moratorium to eliminate animals from their shows, a claim that in Maestre's opinion "It would render the ordinance void."
The Government of Manuela Carmena thus complies with the request made by the Plenary session of January 2017 - with the votes of the PSOE, Ahora Madrid and Cs - for a regulation to prohibit wild animals in circuses.