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Source: Animal Defenders International – Press release
‘The 5th Commission of the Chamber of Representatives approves bill to ban all animals in circuses’
Bogota, Colombia 9 November 2011– Animal Defenders International (ADI) is overjoyed that the bill to ban all animals in circuses has been approved in the Chamber of Representatives of the Colombian Congress.
Today cross party representatives of the 5th Commission of the Chamber debated bill No. 52/2011 and approved it unanimously. This vote follows the recent introduction of the Traveling Exotic Animal Protection Act, H.R. 3359 in the House of Representatives in the U.S. which aims to protect all wild and exotic animals forced to travel and perform in U.S. circuses.
Bill No. 52/2011 was introduced in August by main sponsor Representative Augusto Posada and it has since been co-sponsored by sixteen cross party congress members. The bill bans the use of wild and domestic animals in travelling circuses and gives powers to the Ministry of Environment to enact regulations for the implementation, including pecuniary sanctions for breaches.
ADI’s investigation on the use of animals in Colombian circuses revealed staggering levels of violence and abuse involving a female chimpanzee named Karla, who was punched in the face and beaten with a chain by her trainer. The investigation also showed animals living in inadequate, deprived and unnatural conditions. The stress of severe confinement, a consistent factor with travelling animal circuses all over the world, is shown to be compounded by the lack of space to exercise or exhibit natural behaviour as well as a lack of social interaction with their own species.
Jan Creamer, ADI’s President said: “We are delighted that representatives have acknowledged that there is a fundamental animal welfare problem at the heart of the travelling circus, and have responded to ADI’s evidence and to the huge public support for a ban. There is an international trend to ban the use of animals in circuses and now Colombia must follow suit, in the interests of animal welfare and protection.”
Representative Posada said: “With the approval of this bill we will achieve the prevention of animal abuse in circuses and the risks of public health and safety. Also there will be more space for circus shows filled with human talent.”
Now the bill will be sent to the Plenary of the Chamber of Representatives for its second debate. After it is approved, it will be sent to the Senate for two more debates in the Commission and the Plenary.
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With offices in Los Angeles, London and Bogota, ADI campaigns across the globe on animals in entertainment, providing technical advice to governments, securing progressive animal protection legislation, drafting regulations and rescuing animals in distress. ADI has a worldwide reputation for providing video and photographic evidence exposing the behind-the-scenes suffering in industry and supporting this evidence with scientific research on captive wildlife and transport. ADI rescues animals all over the world, educates the public on animals and environmental issues.
The text of the bill can be found here:http://www.camara.gov.co/portal2011/proceso-y-tramite-legislativo/proyectos-en-curso?option=com_proyectosdeley&view=ver_proyectodeley&idpry=478
List of cosponsors:
Hugo Velásquez ( Partido Liberal), Juan Valdez (Partido Alianza Social Indígena), Jimmy Sierra, ( Partido Liberal) , Carlos Jiménez (Partido Cambio Radical), Alfonso Prada (Partido Verde), Carlos Amaya (Partido Verde), Alfredo Bocanegra (Partido Conservador), Hernando Hernández (Polo Democrático Alternativo), Hernando Padaui (Partido Cambio Radical), Germán Navas (Polo Democrático Alternativo), Oscar Henao (Partido Cambio Radical), Guillermo Rivera (Partido Liberal), Juan Diego Gómez (Partido Conservador), Jorge Rozo (Partido Cambio Radical), Carlos Eduardo León Villadiego (Partido Conservador) y Sandra León Villadiego (Partido Social de Unidad Nacional).
SOURCE: ACTAsia for Animals
Chinese audiences are becoming increasingly aware of and concerned about the cruelty involved in using animals in entertainment. A circus in Zhangzhou city, Fu Jian Province, was recently banned from using wild animals, and although it flouted the ban, audiences stayed away. The Chinese government has also taken a significant step to stop this cruelty, by banning animals in performances in zoos.
In China, wild animals are widely used for performances in zoos and circuses. Lions, tigers, bears, monkeys and elephants are held in appalling conditions, regularly mistreated and abused, just to entertain audiences and make money. Earlier this year a circus (with lions and tigers) turned up in Zhangzhou with over 4.6 million inhabitants. To promote the shows the circus took out prime time TV commercials, advertised online and even paraded their wild animals on city streets.
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Background: Brutality & neglect at the Hyderabad Dog Pounds
Nov 09, 2011
How we won
In 4 months more than 12000 people from different parts of the world, forced Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation to restructure and clean up five dog pounds and agree to all our demands. Here’s what they’ve committed to:
1.Shutting down three of the most controversial pounds so that they can be restructured and improved.
2.Taking over two pounds so that they can be run by People for Animals and Blue Cross of Hyderabad.
3.Comprehensive training for all vets, para-vets and dog catchers by Humane Society of India and Animal Welfare Board of India. This includes a separate training for animal rights volunteers.
4.Reviewing monitoring committee to meet every month and follow up decision on the welfare and functioning of the pounds.
Email Update from change.org
Success! You and 12,000 others have succeeded in putting an end to the cruelty, abuse and mismanagement towards stray animals in Hyderabad. The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) has agreed to completely restructure the pounds under their management — agreeing to every single demand of the petitions.
Here’s what happened. A group of volunteer animal rights activists started the first petition on Change.org just one
month ago. Support exploded - with three more petitions being launched and a total of 12,000 people signing on across all four campaigns.
The campaigns got good local media coverage – and dozens of volunteer locals went to meet directly with authorities in charge, hand delivering the thousands of petition signatures and ensuring your voices were heard.
This huge public outcry lead directly to victory this week – Member of Parliament Maneka Gandhi and founder of Blue Cross of Hyderabad Amaala Akkineni have just outlined a comprehensive plan to end the brutality and mismanagement at GHMC pounds, accepting every demand from the petitions.
This is your victory. You’ve shown the power we have when we come together.
Krishna, Cherida and the other people who started petitions will be celebrating today — and you should celebrate this big victory to. But remember, whilst this victory is important issues of animal cruelty — and other injustices — are still prominent across India. You can help build on this victory and fight animal cruelty in India — or other important issues — by starting your own petitions on Change.org.
Thank you for taking action,
Tamseel and the Change.org team