Reasons Why Paris pledges ban on wild animals in circuses

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Criticism has grown in France of the inclusion of exotic animals in some circus shows, and 65 municipalities have already banned them

The city of Paris on Wednesday
pledged to ban the use of wild animals in circuses, in a move welcomed
as a “small step forward” by animal welfare experts.

Criticism
has grown in France of the inclusion of exotic animals in some circus
shows, and 65 municipalities have already banned them.

City
lawmakers voted Wednesday to support a motion proposed by Paris mayor
Anne Hidalgo saying they were “unanimously committed to a city without
wild animals in circuses.”

But they didn’t set a deadline and left the final decision on any ban to the government.

The
French state has yet to proscribe wild animals in circuses, a practice
that is already outlawed in 19 other European countries.

The welfare debate resurfaced last November when a tiger that escaped from a Paris circus was shot and killed by its owner.

“Wild
animals in circuses are not well treated. They are exploited for fun
and this is hitting home to more and more Parisians,” said ecologist
Jacques Boutault.

He said that
Wednesday’s decision was “a small step forward even if it does not go
far enough” as national lawmakers must vote through any eventual ban.

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