Animal circuses are being booed out of business

Medieval Art in the Museo de Bellas Artes, Sevilla Credit: Martin Beek flickr

AS ANIMAL WELFARE sentiments seem to be strengthening in Spain, hundreds of towns across the country have decided to ban cruel animal circuses from performing in their vicinity an animal charity has reported. 

Nearly 300 towns across Spain have said they no longer want the circuses to visit and perform if they are using animals. Catalonia is leading the way with banning the circuses although campaigners are saying there is still more to done. 

Other towns that have banned the animal circuses are Barcelona, Girona, Lleida and Tarragona (Catalan cities) whilst elsewhere in Spain, cities such as Alicante, Palma de Mallorca, Cordoba and Malaga have now also banned the cruel entertainment. 

Infocircos, an animal rights charity coalition says that now 275 towns have banned these cruel circuses, with Mogan, in Gran Canaria, the latest town to come on board with the fight against performing animals. 

Every year it is estimated that between 80 and 100 circuses throughout Spain use wild animals in their performances and the use of endangered species are common. 

Southern Italy is where the majority of animal circuses originate from and they commonly use tigers and elephants in their shows. 

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