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

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  • Flora Rosa

    Posted July 15, 2014

    I’m so happy about the efforts to ban circus animals. Gracias Kate on behalf of these animals!

  • Kate Dooley

    Posted July 15, 2014

    I am thrilled that the lives of circus animals are changing for the better and maybe soon, circuses will be animal-free. What a day that will be!
    Meanwhile, thanks to everyone who works so diligently to improve the plight of animals everywhere. God bless you all. Love and Light.
    Kate Dooley

  • IDALMIS MESA ZELEDON

    Posted July 16, 2014

    THANK YOU KATE DEL CASTILLO AND ALL THOSE WHOM FIGHT FOR THE ANIMALS RIGHTS. WE NEED TO CONTINUE THE FIGHT ALL OVER THE WORLD INCLUDING RUNNING OF THE BULLS IN SPAIN.

  • Nan Newall

    Posted July 16, 2014

    Thank you for everyone who work tirelessly to improve the lives of animals. I am hoping one day animal slavery will be nothing but history.

  • anne dominguez

    Posted July 16, 2014

    Wonderful. It needs to be banned across the globe.

  • Fanny Gil

    Posted July 16, 2014

    I´m so happy because this animals deserve to be in the wild, free, Circuses that enslave animals must be banned & made ilegal in the whole wide world

  • RITA DE CASSIA DA CUNHA ANDRE

    Posted July 16, 2014

    CHEGA DE TORTURAS ….SERES HUMANOS……PRATIQUEM O QUE TE FEZ NASCER E CRESCER “”” O AMOR ””……………

  • felicitas corbell

    Posted July 16, 2014

    Boycott circuses….

  • RITA DE CASSIA DA CUNHA ANDRE

    Posted July 16, 2014

    TORTURAS NUNCA MAIS…………….

  • lisa

    Posted July 16, 2014

    Yay I hope they ban the use of animals for all circus events.

  • Sandie Schneider

    Posted July 16, 2014

    These are the cruelest treatments of animals!!!

  • Angelina Miranda

    Posted July 16, 2014

    Thank you for standing up for those who cannot speak thank you Kate!!

  • Wendy Waller-Fette

    Posted July 16, 2014

    Come on Chicago!

  • Dani

    Posted July 16, 2014

    Good job Mexico City!

  • Nams Sanil

    Posted July 16, 2014

    Stop elephant or any other animal use in circuses

  • vanessa

    Posted July 16, 2014

    Give animals back their freedom dirty human being, you cannot use them to make money for yourself. They are worth more than you will ever know.

  • Juraj Bobok

    Posted July 16, 2014

    please ban animals on circuses

  • Dominique Barre

    Posted July 16, 2014

    Great!! And many thanks for those who help animals rights!
    The fight have to continue for all other animals facing cruelty..

  • Camilla Sandström

    Posted July 16, 2014

    Så många människor är duktiga på speciella saker. Ta bort djuren och visa upp alla duktiga människor. Inget roligt att se en elefant stå på ett ben. Och veta hur mycket plågades den innan den kunde göra ett trick.

  • Camilla Sandström

    Posted July 16, 2014

    Använd människor i stället för djur. Finns många duktiga. Istället för att en elefant ska stå på ett ben. Och man vet vad mycket plågande den fått utstå för att kunna göra en sak .

  • Susan Jacobson

    Posted July 17, 2014

    Thank you so much for saving thousands of animals! Thank you for banishing circuses.

  • auvray

    Posted July 17, 2014

    sans commentaire

  • Jane

    Posted July 17, 2014

    Animals are abused and trained with negative reinforcement. This is not the 19 or 10th century. Ban animals from circuses.

  • Donna Graham

    Posted July 17, 2014

    Thank you thank you thank you. Finally doing the right thing..

  • Rosalind

    Posted July 17, 2014

    I am so proud of you, citizens and law makers in Mexican City!

  • Bill Oliver

    Posted July 17, 2014

    Lets put a stop to all this!

  • Beth lyons

    Posted July 17, 2014

    Ban all circuses worldwide!!!!

  • Caroline

    Posted July 17, 2014

    Gracias!

  • Stanka

    Posted July 17, 2014

    HELP THE ANIMALS

  • Dumitrescu georgiana

    Posted July 17, 2014

    Quiero agradecer a KATE DEL CASTILLO y a todas las personas que luchan por los derechos de los animales, me duele mucho ver a estas animales como son abusadas y por todo el mal que le hacen, tenemos que luchar por los animales. GRACIAS!

  • Riitta Rossi

    Posted July 17, 2014

    Animals belong to nature, not to circuses.

  • Samantha harris

    Posted July 17, 2014

    I have not attended the circus or zoo from the time I was little. Animals are meant to be in the wild, not become play things for us to torture

  • Katie Smith

    Posted July 17, 2014

    Please ban this. Please.

  • fitri rahayu

    Posted July 17, 2014

    So cruelty

  • dumeini ogier

    Posted July 18, 2014

    ANIMALS ARE NOT AN ENTERTAINMENT.
    LEAVE THEM ALONE
    THEY DON’T BELONG TO CIRCUSES!
    BRING THEM BACK WHERE YOU STOLE THEM FROM.

  • Gokila

    Posted July 18, 2014

    Ban all animal performance.it is not morally acceptable to make them perform tricks for us to be amused…

  • Rodney Cuthbertson

    Posted July 18, 2014

    please stand up tall in defense of animals

  • Rodney Cuthbertson

    Posted July 18, 2014

    please stand up tall in defense of animals

  • Anna Powers

    Posted July 18, 2014

    I am more than thrilled that use and abuse of all animals is being curtailed. I can’t wait until this abuse is stopped all over the world. Not only in circus’s but, public, military, or for profit,
    it needs to end. Another area that needs to be worked on is animal euthanisa in our so called ‘rescue pounds’.

  • john pasqua

    Posted July 18, 2014

    great news for these animals freed.

  • ven zan

    Posted July 19, 2014

    This is inhumane. Animals are not for our entertainmant!

  • Janice Wolski

    Posted July 19, 2014

    Why do circuses hate elephants so much?

  • MarEugenia Pereira

    Posted July 20, 2014

    CONGRATILATIONS!!!!!!!!!!BRAVO FOR THE VICTORY !!!is AMAZING!!

  • Brenda

    Posted July 20, 2014

    Thank you MEXICO! You are a smart country! Please continue to set an example to the rest ofthe world by saying NO to animal and human abuse!

  • Nancy Aunger

    Posted July 21, 2014

    I am so grateful to the citizens and law makers in Mexico City.
    You have heart.

    Thank you Kate Del Castillo and everyone who fought for animal rights. You are brave.

    As a Canadian citizen, I say:

    Now it’s your turn Canada!!!!!!! Stop this animal slavery.
    If not, you have no heart and you are cowards.

  • Lisa Mazzola

    Posted July 30, 2014

    Wow! Incredible, wonderful news!

  • RINNIE BOHLING

    Posted July 30, 2014

    Dear Kate,
    You are an Angel that walks the earth! I can only imagine how difficult it must have been to collect all the proof of torture being done to these BEAUTIFUL and defenseless animals.
    Thank you Thank you Thank you for all you do!!!
    We can only hope that the torture to ALL animals and Sea mammals and animals used for experiments and slaughter houses will all be something of the past.

  • Michael

    Posted July 31, 2014

    That’s about time to stop and banning circuses. I get so happy when I hear good news about saving animals or stopping cruelty and anything that can help animals. I admire and pray for people that help to end animal cruelty.

  • christina pafitis

    Posted July 31, 2014

    well done mexico hope the rest of the countries follow’

  • Paolina

    Posted August 8, 2014

    stop this

    • Mukesh Tanwar

      Posted August 10, 2014

      Animals are not ours to abuse. Even if we make them work for us, we should take care of them in appropriate manner by feeding them and providing them shelter and healthcare so that it becomes a mutual bond and not a slavery… But even this doesn’t justify use of animals in circus

  • lina solima

    Posted August 10, 2014

    Fantastic no more animals in circuses!!!

  • Lynn J

    Posted August 10, 2014

    Please protect and respect all animals as they have souls too. God bless you and thank you!

  • Kimiko Yamamoto

    Posted August 10, 2014

    A beautiful message from a beautiful person. And I also am greatful to IDALMIS MESA ZELEDON for the comment about the running of the bulls in Spain.

  • Mukesh Tanwar

    Posted August 10, 2014

    Animals are not ours to abuse. Even if we make them work for us, we should take care of them in appropriate manner by feeding them and providing them shelter and healthcare so that it becomes a mutual bond and not a slavery…

  • June Nieuwstad

    Posted August 11, 2014

    Thank you Kate. God will bless you for caring for his animals.The Bible says so.

  • Qui Vuong

    Posted August 11, 2014

    Treating the animals like, How you treating yourself? put yourself in their position. How would you feel if other peoples abuse you?

  • Ellen Samson

    Posted August 11, 2014

    I can’t even view the video, it’s so disturbing.
    I’ll help stop this outrage any way I can !

  • Celia Valada

    Posted December 14, 2014

    Another reason to love Mexico!

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