Greece bans animals in circuses
Posted on 06/02/2012
Eurogroup is extremely delighted that the Greek government has banned the use of all animals in circuses following a successful campaign led by Member Organisation GAWF, Animal Defenders International and backed by over 50 local animal protection groups across the country.
The new law adopted in plenary at the Greek Parliament last week bans all animal exhibitions and/or performances in circuses, theatres and any other similar entertaining businesses, with exceptions made for horse races, pet shops, zoos and shows.
The new law also addresses issues concerning stray animals.
This news comes a few weeks after the Austrian Constitutional Court dismissed a complaint against the existing ban on the keeping of wild animals in circuses in Austria, and this great victory sends a clear signal to other European Countries, especially Germany and UK on their way to implement such a ban and which no longer have any excuses for not taking the necessary actions.