Wild-Animal Circuses Are Now Banned in Madrid!

Posted by on April 11, 2019 | Permalink

This is a landmark moment: Madrid has officially banned wild-animal circuses!

The City Council of Madrid voted to ban wild-animal circuses, recognising that these exhibits don’t meet “animals’ physiological, mental, and social needs” or respect their welfare.

Animals such as tigers, lions, and elephants will no longer be kept in cages or trailers, hauled from site to site, and forced to perform meaningless tricks to entertain circusgoers in the Spanish capital.

The city of Madrid joins nine Spanish regions, including Catalonia and Valencia – as well as countries such as Greece, Ireland, Italy, Romania, and Scotland – in banning wild-animal circuses. You can see a full list of the countries that have done so, here.

What You Can Do for Animals in Circuses

With a wild-animal circus ban set to come into force only in 2020, England is lagging behind. Animals suffering for cruel shows shouldn’t have to endure another day of abuse.

Please send a message calling on Michael Gove, Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, to ban wild-animal circuses now: