Cyprus adopts ban for all circus animals
Posted on 04/07/2013
Eurogroup is delighted that new amendments in the Cypriot animal welfare law ban the use of all animals in circuses in the country forever. This decision sends a strong signal to most EU Member States that the use of animals in circuses, which raises many welfare concerns, should be rightfully addressed as early as possible.
This great milestone for animal welfare is the result of hard work and commitment during the last 14 years by both the Cypriot Green Party and Animal Rights NGO Animal Responsibility Cyprus.
Also worth noting, the Cypriot Parliament passed a law that prohibits surgical operations for the purpose of modifying the appearance of an animal or for other non-curative purposes, imposed severe penalties for cruelty to animals including fines up to 5000 euros and prison sentences up to three years, and prohibited the killing of animals for entertainment (this unfortunately does not apply to game animals during hunting).
Further regulations to improve the welfare of companion animals in rescue shelters, petshops and in breeding establishments should be considered in the very next weeks.