The Spanish Ministry of Culture to end subsidies for circuses with animals by 2022
The Ministry of Culture gives three years for the circuses to stop using wild animals in their shows. Otherwise they will not be able to access subsidies. Likewise, in the call for aid, the presentation of an abandonment plan in the use of this type of animals will be especially valued. This has been made public through the National Institute of the Performing Arts and Music (INAEM), the body responsible for these grants.
In February 2016, from the InfoCircos coalition, together with the actresses Natalie Seseña and Lluvia Rojo, we delivered to the INAEM the more than one hundred thousand signatures collected in just over a month against public subsidies for circuses with wild animals.
After three years of dialogue with the institution under the Ministry of Culture, InfoCircos congratulates INAEM for the step taken, which had a good receptivity from the beginning. The agreement reached involves the opening of a period of adaptation for the few circus companies that still use wild animals in their shows. As a result, the call to the Circus Aid is modified. From this moment the requesting circus companies have a maximum period of 3 years for tours in Spain, and 4 years for tours abroad, to cease the use of wild animals in all their shows.