¡La Victoria! Mexican Cities Say Adiós to Circuses

Written by Jennifer O’Connor

The Mexican city of Culiacán is the latest international municipality to ban circuses using animals. Culiacán Mayor Sergio Torres Felix made the announcement, saying, “[the] best circuses in the world do not offer animal shows.”

Caged white tiger

In the last few months alone, Mexico’s Legislative Assembly of the Federal District approved a bill prohibiting animals in circuses in Mexico City and the Congress of the state of Querétaro did the same, as did the municipality of Naucalpan.

The days of hauling animals around and hurting them in the name of entertainment are quickly coming to an end. Austria, Bolivia, Columbia, Greece, Paraguay, and Peru have banned the use of animals in circuses, and bans in England and Wales and India are pending.

Circuses go to great lengths to hide the dark side of the big top—that animals are torn from their families and beaten bloody and that they often die painfully.

Of course, we must continue to fight until no animal is forced to live in cramped transport cages or chained in train boxcars.

What You Can Do
To launch a campaign to get animal-based circuses banned in your town or city, contact PETA for materials to get you started.

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  • Mallory scraper

    Posted February 16, 2014

    I’m sick of seeing animal cruelly and no one doing anything about it, but talk about it.

  • Daisy toro

    Posted February 16, 2014

    Please be an advocate for these beautiful animals that are just being exploited.

  • Berthou

    Posted February 16, 2014

    Foutez leur la paix!!!! Se ne sont pas des esclaves!!!

    • E.goodman

      Posted February 18, 2014

      The cruelty goes on and on. It’s time for our president to speak out forcefully against all forms of cruelty.
      And when is the USDA going to use our tax dollars for protecting all animals? Puppy mills should be banned, along with animals in circuses, canned hunts, sport hunting, factory farming, all of it.
      And how about the Pope? A few words from him might help millions of mistreated animals.

  • Sharon Hawley

    Posted February 16, 2014

    Please stop the ill treatment of circus animals , elephants should not be treated in this terrible way . Please please please let the circus elephants live out the remainder of their lives in a sanctuary , thankyou

  • sharon hutlas

    Posted February 16, 2014

    No circus& No zoo!!

  • Rohaut

    Posted February 16, 2014

    Stopper des cruautés sur les animaux

  • ANA GABRIELA

    Posted February 16, 2014

    Es Imprescindible Inculcar a las nuevas generaciones el Amor,Respeto y Dignidad hacia los Animales. Para que NO SIGA PASANDO ABUSOS ,CRUELDAD Y VIOLACION A SUS DERECHOS FUNDAMENTALES.Como lo que lamentablemente paso en el Zoologico de Dinamarca. Bravo por todos los que estamos cambiando esa horrible realidad.

  • Samson

    Posted February 16, 2014

    Stop esclavage des Animaux dans les cirques!!!

  • Joanna

    Posted February 16, 2014

    “the best circuses in the world do not offer animal shows”, you can also do so & do not let suffer innocent!!!

  • Britta Brambor-Linford

    Posted February 16, 2014

    Victory for all beings!

  • Rossella D Napoli

    Posted February 16, 2014

    quiero los animales…

  • romi&sash kulundzic

    Posted February 16, 2014

    Stop it !!!!

  • SANDRA REIS

    Posted February 16, 2014

    ESTAMOS DE SACO CHEIO DE PROTESTAR CONTRA ESTA BAIXARIA VERGONHOSA EM TODO O PLANETA TERRA : ABUSO, ESCRAVIDÃO E CRUELDADE IMPOSTAS AOS ANIMAIS RETIRADOS DO SEU HABITAT NATURAL A FORÇA SEM ESCRÚPULOS E JOGADOS EMBAIXO DE UMA TENDA ONDE OUTROS IMBECIS SE DELICIAM COM AS MESURAS DOS POBRES ANIMAIS QUE SABE DEUS O QUE PASSOU PARA PROPORCIONAREM O DELEITE DE INSANOS SEM MISERICÓRDIA QUE TEM A INSENSATEZ DE APLAUDIREM .IDIOTAS.

  • Jacqueline Grosjean

    Posted February 16, 2014

    please stop this cruelty

  • Della M Moodie

    Posted February 16, 2014

    Wildlife Animal includind Endangered Species of Wildlife Animals need Laws that are Legal and Enforced Daily with Strict Penalties and Fines. These Wildlife Animals of All Species need to Be Cared for and Protected in Wildlife Sanctuaries in Countries where it is Illegal to Kill !. They do not belong in Circus ‘s , Zoo’s or anr Environment that is Penned in by Cement Walls . They need Space to Graze, and They need to be in Family Gatherings not Seperated. It is Cruel to Cause Needless, Inhumane Suffering and Death. Their Health and Well Being should be a Concern ! . thankyou. Della M Moodie. Canada.

  • Donna Graham

    Posted February 16, 2014

    When are we going to stop this. We are supposed to be the most evolvd d country let’s act it……..

  • Lisa

    Posted February 16, 2014

    These animals deserve to live free. Free from human hands, free of chains, free of living in tiny spaces. Please free these animals and discontinue using them to entertain.

  • drolet

    Posted February 16, 2014

    je suis contre tout au plus haut polnt….

  • Elaine Gross Dixon

    Posted February 16, 2014

    Stop the animal abuse NOW.

  • Yolanda van tonder

    Posted February 16, 2014

    Disgusting

  • lagarrigue

    Posted February 16, 2014

    bravo lo mejor para vos otros

  • Judy Sutton

    Posted February 16, 2014

    I’m glad to hear of the ban. I hope all countries will follow suit and stop circuses from owning and using animals.

  • Carla Purtscher

    Posted February 16, 2014

    NO!!!

  • Carla Purtscher

    Posted February 16, 2014

    WITHOUT COMMENT!!!

  • may

    Posted February 16, 2014

    ergogna

  • teri

    Posted February 16, 2014

    People of mexico that run the circus need to stop abusing animals, please have a heart..you cant abuse a baby elephant he or she needs to be with their mother in the wild..abusers

  • Anne ODonnell

    Posted February 16, 2014

    Please don’t abuse animals in circuses

  • Jane Dawson

    Posted February 16, 2014

    PLEASE STOP THE CIRCUSES AND LET THE ANIMALS GO – THEY ARE SO BADLY TREATED – YOU HAVE TO STAND UP FOR THOSE WHO HAVE NO VOICE

  • André Toledo

    Posted February 16, 2014

    É só uma criança!
    Parem com isso, por favor!

  • Antony Sunil Silva

    Posted February 16, 2014

    IF WE NEED A FUTURE WE MUST PROTECT THE ANIMALS AND THE TREES……..
    WITHOUT THEM WE ARE NOTHING ………

  • Liliana M. Pomeroy

    Posted February 16, 2014

    The 12th of February 2014, in the state of MORELOS, MEXICO, Circuses with Animals are PROHIBITED…NEVERMORE!!!!! A true VICTORY, HISTORIC!!!

  • grace

    Posted February 16, 2014

    circus’ are simply cruel and i’m delighted that mexico is passing this bill

  • Ila Szabó

    Posted February 16, 2014

    No killer ,animals my friend!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • jocelyne lapointe

    Posted February 16, 2014

    Il faut cesser ces cirque ridicules en 2014 !!C,est honteux, les animaux ne sont pas des bouffons !!!!!!!!!!Ce sont des êtres sensibles tout comme nous !!!!!

  • Joan pool

    Posted February 17, 2014

    THANK YOU!!!!!

  • Marta Falco

    Posted February 17, 2014

    the sooner countries, including the UK, bring in strict laws to protect all species of animals from abuse and cruelty, the sooner we will a begin to be able to call ourselves civilized. Not just the vulnerable animals but also children. No people trafficking, no genital mutilation of girls…………….

  • cristina tziouras

    Posted February 17, 2014

    Because animals must have rights too

  • Maria Sadri

    Posted February 17, 2014

    Lot the animals free. ..you habe no right to abuse them

  • Stanka

    Posted February 17, 2014

    Help the Animals!

  • Ann Pepper

    Posted February 17, 2014

    This cruel treatment is an utter disgrace! It shames the abuser for doing it and Mexico forward allowing such practices!

  • Robert Dalziel

    Posted February 17, 2014

    DISGUSTING EVIL BARBARIC… I HOPE THOSE THAT HURT ANIMALS BURN IN EVERLASTING HELL!

  • Polak

    Posted February 17, 2014

    It is time that all circuses on this planet stop the abusive treatment of animals, the best way to achieve is to ban animals in circuses.

  • julieanne kollas

    Posted February 17, 2014

    please help stop cruelty to animals that are used and forced baeten to preform in circuses around the world !!! i also find many pictures of animal cruelty showing up on facebook and would like to know how to report or have someone track these photos back to the persons doing this sick things to animals….animals are like children defensive and innocent and we have a responsibility to protect them from predictors …the sick humans!!

  • Elda

    Posted February 17, 2014

    Basta

  • Rosemary Pizzullo

    Posted February 17, 2014

    All animals should be treat in human way as possible. I don’t go to any place that has animals for enteriment.

  • Benjamin Ottevaere

    Posted February 17, 2014

    This is inexcusable. In 2014! It has to be stopped!

  • Benjamin Ottevaere

    Posted February 17, 2014

    This is inexcusable! In 2014… It has to end!

  • Ferry Mes

    Posted February 17, 2014

    Stop circuses!

  • Pat Bruce

    Posted February 17, 2014

    This cruel and unnessasary Animals are not here to entertain us doing tricks is not natural , they should be in the wild where they belong .

  • tessa connorton

    Posted February 18, 2014

    What a disgrace, NO EMPATHY, not a care for how these poor beautiful animals feel, you are POND LIFE :-( worthless scum :-(

  • Maxine Durhie

    Posted February 18, 2014

    Animal rights are important. It shows a lot about a country/people when we see how they treat animals.

  • Brandon Compagnone

    Posted February 18, 2014

    Please stop using elephants

  • vida.fritz

    Posted February 18, 2014

    SAVE ANIMALS!

  • esraa

    Posted February 18, 2014

    I’m sick of seeing animal cruelly and no one doing anything about it, but talk about it Please stop

  • ahmed

    Posted February 18, 2014

    What a disgrace, NO EMPATHY, not a care for how these poor beautiful animals feel

  • Mayú Guillén

    Posted February 18, 2014

    Basta a la crueldad de Animales!! Por favor!!! Por piedad!! Basta!!!!

  • govardhandas

    Posted February 18, 2014

    My full support for non cruelty to animal.you want peace for yourself then you should give peace to other living entities.animal also have their family,so don’t try to break their family.

  • lin Herz

    Posted February 18, 2014

    This cruelly must stop. Circuses are cruel to animals. If they want to have clowns, trapeze artists fine. But do no t let circuses with animals come to your town. Thank you.

  • Anne ODonnell

    Posted February 21, 2014

    Thank you the countries that ban animals in circuses. Let other countries follow your lead

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