ADI reported on 3rd February that Greece has banned the use of all animals in circuses following a campaign by ADI and the Greek Animal Welfare Fund (GAWF) – the campaign was backed by over 50 local animal protection groups across Greece.
The ban means Greece is the first European country to ban all animals from circuses and similar performances. Austria has banned wild animal acts and several European countries including Croatia, Denmark and Portugal have measures to ban or phase out wild animals in circuses. The UK is noticeable by its absence from that list.
Hopefully, Greece’s action will place more pressure on the UK to implement a ban on the use of wild animals in circuses.
I wanted to post this news on 3rd February but had posted Action Alert: BUAV Calls on Indonesia to Ban the Capture and Trade in Wild Monkeys that morning and felt that needed a few days’ as the site’s current posting.