​Town bans circuses with wild animals

Town bans circuses with wild animals
March 15, 2016

A TOWN in the Var has become the latest to ban circuses with wild animals, prompting anger in the circus community.

The town council at La Ciotat has banned such circuses from the commune, joining a dozen or so communes who have taken similar steps.

La Ciotat’s mayor, Patrick Boré, said the council had discussed the issue for more than a year and had concluded that the activities were against the well-being of animals, however the council did not have the means to carry out the welfare investigations which would have been required.

The ban has been attacked as “illegal” by the president of the circus and festivals union of Europe, Didier Girard.

Mr Girard has written to the prefect of Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region demanding that he “re-establish the laws of the republic” and overturn the ban.

The union is already pursuing several similar cases in court. In Paca two other towns have already taken similar steps to ban circuses with wild animals: La Trinité in 2012 and Roquebrune-sur-Argens in 2015.

Photo illustration only: Eva Luna / Flickr

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