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Mar 31

Iran Bans Circuses Featuring Wild Animals

Iran will no longer allow the use of wild animals - such as elephants, tigers and monkeys - in circuses.

Dangerous and pointless acts such as this (a tiger jumping through a ring of fire) will be put to an end as part of Iran’s new ban on wild animal circuses.

Iran – following Greece, Mexico, the Netherlands, Belgium and Bolivia – has officially banned wild animal circuses across each of its 31 states. The move, which was made this week by the nation’s Department of Environment, will lead to the immediately closure of at least 13 wild animal circuses across the country.

The move – which has the nation refusing to issue any permits for the use of wild animals – is thanks in large part to efforts by the organizations Animal Rights Watch and Animal Defense International, who launched a No to Circus! campaign in 2014.

Despite a number of countries moving to ban wild animal circuses – including parts of Spain and Poland – they remain legal in most parts of the world, including in the United States where circuses featuring wild animals such as elephants, lions and monkeys can be found across the country.

1 comment

  1. Andrew Weprin

    Iran has no love for animals, and it would be a serious mistake to celebrate Iran as a model on animal rights or any other kind of rights… This is a country that executes gay people; and to resolve their stray dog problem, the Iranian government kills stray dogs by injecting them with acid! Here’s the petition about it… Please Sign & Share!
    http://www.thepetitionsite.com/349/702/271/stop-the-inhuman-killing-of-stray-dogs-in-shiraz-iran/?taf_id=22783712&cid=fb_na#

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