Victory out of Colombia and Veracruz!

Elephant FamilyThey have prohibited the use of animals in circuses! Bears, elephants, tigers, and other animals used in circuses don’t ride bicycles, stand on their heads, balance on balls, or jump through rings of fire voluntarily. In order to force them to perform these complicated and physically demanding tricks, trainers use bullhooks, whips, tight collars, muzzles, electric prods, and other specialized tools to inflict pain. When they are not performing, elephants are frequently shackled by two legs, and lions, tigers, bears, primates, and other animals are forced to eat, sleep, and eliminate in minuscule cages.

On June 12, the Colombian Senate approved a ban on the use of animals in circuses nationwide. With this ban, Colombia joins other countries of the region that prohibit the use of animals in circuses, such as Bolivia and Peru, and now Veracruz, which has also prohibited bullfighting, dogfighting, and cockfighting. The prohibition covers wild, native, and exotic animals, ranging from elephants and lions to primates and birds. Every day, we are eliminating more and more animal abuse! We all agree that compassion must determine our actions and that entertainment should not cause suffering.