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Spanish cirucus surrenders two lions

A Spanish circus has agreed to hand over all its animals to end using them in performances. The two lions from the circus have since been rehomed at the AAP Primadomus Foundation, located near Alicante.

This is considered an unprecedented step forward in a country which is believed to have 10 registered circuses with wild animals. The news has been welcomed by Infocircos, a consortium of NGOs, that seeks an abandon the use of wild animals in circuses throughout Spain.

To date, the work of InfoCircos has successfully secured a ban on the use of wild animals in circuses in the Autonomous Community of Catalonia, with another six regional governments considering a ban, and more than 400 municipalities that no longer allow circuses the use of either public or private land. InfoCircos still has much work to do, but it is important that it remains part of the solution to abandoning the wild animal use in circuses, encouraging and supporting the circus businesses that wish to relinquish their animals and become a friendly show without cruelty upon wild animals.

“There is still a lot of work to be done to ensure Spain joins the 18 other EU countries that prohibit the use of wild animals in circuses,” said Daniel Turner at the Born Free Foundation. “However, the work of InfoCircos continues to go from strength to strength.”

 

 

Polar bear Szenja dies heartbroken

A polar bear Szenja (21) has died in captivity at SeaWorld San Diego, USA,  this week. She had been separated from her life-long friend Snowflake for two months at the moment of passing away. Snowflake  was shipped to a zoo in Pittsburgh for breeding purposes in spite of the protests of animal rights activists, and NGOs, who repeatedly asked the management of the zoo to leave the couple together. Following the separation of the two companions, Szenja’s keepers said she had been showing signs of lethargy and loss of appetite. SeaWorld has said that it could be several weeks before the cause of death is determined, whilst there is even speculation that it was sheer loneliness and boredom that killed Szenja.

Polar bears can often be observed displaying stereotypical behaviour, such as repetitive pacing, when held in captivity. Born Free foundation experts are convinced that these naturally far-ranging animals simply cannot thrive when kept in a restricted captive environment.