Norway to Ban Elephants and Wild Animals from Circuses
Animal rights in the so-called entertainment industry continue to make strides throughout the world. Whether it is in Iran, Spain, the Netherlands, Dublin, or Warsaw, the use of wild animals in circuses is becoming increasingly unpopular. Now, a new regulation in Norway has led to a ban of elephant shows in the country’s circuses, which will take effect on January 1, 2017.
“The regulations will require circuses to get the permission of Norway’s Food Safety Agency to perform with animals. A positive list of species allowed excludes elephants and most wild animals, who the Agency has stated it will not permit the use of. In a move long supported by the Norwegian Veterinary Institute, wild animal circus acts will effectively be prohibited.”
Norway Today reports that according to Martinsen, “the regulation is a final victory for the welfare and rights of elephants and other exotic animals” and that “NOAH has worked for such a regulation for over 25 years.” Martinsen has stated that NOAH will continue to work for the rest of the “involuntary artists” in circuses.
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