Warsaw bans circus animals

2016-01-19 20:56

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Warsaw - Poland's capital will no longer allow travelling circuses with animals to raise their big tops on public grounds, Warsaw mayor Hanna Gronkiewicz-Waltz said on Tuesday.

The ban is the result of "society's rejection" of the use of animals in circuses, Gronkiewicz-Waltz said on the mayoral website, adding that it does not apply to events organised on private property.

"We want to set a good example of good relations between man and animal" she added.

"The use of animals for entertainment purposes has been stirring ever greater controversy not just in Poland but all over the world," the statement added.

Circus animals are already banned in several other Polish cities, including Wroclaw in the west and Slupsk in the north, as well as in countries like Mexico, which ruled out the practice last year.

England has also recently banned the use of animals in travelling circuses.

Throughout Poland there is already a ban on circuses using animals that were born in the wild.

Circus animals in Warsaw last made headlines in 2000, when police accidentally shot dead a vet attempting to tranquilise a tiger that had escaped from a circus in the suburb of Tarchomin.

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