Victory! Mexico City Finalizes Ban on Animals in Circuses

Mexico City is telling circuses that force animals to perform that the show must not go on. Following campaigns by PETA and others, the City Council members voted unanimously to ban animal circuses. And now, after hearing from thousands of PETA supporters, including Mexico City native Kate del Castillo, Mayor Miguel Ángel Mancera has signed the bill into law. It will take a year for the ban to go into effect, but when it does, Ringling Bros. and all other circuses that abuse animals will have to cross Mexico City off their tour schedules. Jurisdictions around the world are banning cruel circuses, and animal advocates won’t stop until using animals in the circus is a thing of the past.

The following was originally posted on June 24, 2014:

PETA friend and animal advocate Kate del Castillo has sent an appeal to Mexico City Mayor Miguel Ángel Mancera urging him to protect animals in her hometown. Kate, a Mexico City native, told the mayor, “I was proud to learn that city council members voted unanimously to ban the use of animals in circuses. I’m writing to urge you to protect animals and the public by signing this bill into law.”

Mexico City stands poised to join the growing list of jurisdictions that have already imposed bans.Upon the mayor’s approval, the new law would take effect in one year, and the fine for violating it would range from $45,000 to $60,000. The council’s vote comes on the heels of our protests at Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey’s Mexico City shows.

This isn’t the first time that Kate has gone to bat for animals. She recently narrated a powerful circus exposé for PETA. In the video, Ringling trainers can be seen striking and hooking elephants with sharp metal-tipped bullhooks and tormenting baby elephants, who were torn away from their protective mothers and forced into cruel and painful training.

Written by Jennifer OConnor