Mexican Circus Fined for Mutilated Animals

Authorities just fined Harley Circus approximately $53,000 for featuring a black bear whose lower jaw had been removed and a lion and three spider monkeys who were declawed and defanged.

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According to prosecutors with Profepa, Mexico’s environmental protection agency, Harley Circus did not have a wildlife management plan or legal permits for some of the animals. The circus’s license was revoked, and it will not be allowed to continue to exhibit animals.

Authorities seized the animals, along with a Bengal tiger who apparently had problems walking, back in March and turned the cats and the monkeys over to the Zoológico Pachuca and the Parque Zoológico El Centenario in Yucatán.

Animal handlers at the circus reportedly cut or ripped off most of the bear’s lower jaw and many of his teeth, allegedly to prevent him from biting.The bear, named Invictus, underwent surgery to restore his jaw at the Bioparque Convivencia Pachuca animal refuge on July 20.

After about an eight-month rehabilitation period, Invictus will be taken to a permanent home at The Wild Animal Sanctuary in Colorado, which has also accepted 10 lions and four coyotes from the Biopargue refuge. This sanctuary is also home to some bears that PETA helped rescue from an abusive situation.

Since six Mexican states, in addition to the capital, have lawsbanning the use of animals in circuses, PETA Latino is hoping that more animals will be rescued from abusive situations and placed in reputable sanctuaries where they can live in peace.

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    Posted August 7, 2014


  • Marcia Mueller

    Posted August 9, 2014

    Why does that not surprise me, considering the country. As an ex-Catholic (couldn’t stand the Church’s refusal to speak to animal suffering), it seems that some of the most Catholic countries are the harshest towards animals and the least concerned about their suffering.

  • Lisa

    Posted August 11, 2014

    Great job PETA for rescuing these precious animals. You guys are totally terrific and I am so very pleased to stand with your org. all the way!!!! “WAY TO GO PETA” You guys and gals are Angels !!!!!! I Thank God everyday for people like you!!!!!

  • Marie

    Posted August 15, 2014

    Circus shoul be all closed ! Only slavery and suffering for the animals !

  • Barbara Edwards

    Posted August 16, 2014

    Thank you PETA for catching up with them and their illegalities to animal welfare. I am glad they no longer can use animals but sincerely hope that they also had a colonial sentence and heavy fines for their unbelievable childish stupidity and cruelty.