Paris votes to ban wild animals in circuses

Paris votes to ban wild animals in circuses

Wild animals could be banned from circuses in Paris (Stock image)

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Paris lawmakers have voted in favour of banning the use of wild animals in circuses, after a tiger was shot when it escaped.

The ban was suggested by Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo and wild animals in circuses has already been banned by 65 municipalities in the country.

However a deadline has not been set for a ban to come into force and the final decision on the restriction will be given to the government.

Last November a tiger escaped from a circus and its owner then killed it, sparking wide debate across France about the use of the animals.

Ecologist Jacques Boutault said the animals are not treated well and are "exploited for fun and this is hitting home to more and more Parisians," according to The Local.

But he added that whilst the vote is a "small step forward" the decision "does not go far enough" as the government is yet to agree on a ban.

Christophe Marie, a spokesperson for the animal protection group Brigitte Bardot Foundation, also told The Local the exotic animals in circuses are depressed as they're made to do the same moves each day and are stuck in confined spaces.

"We are already seeing a change in society -- people are starting to question the relationship between humans and animals. France must respond in the same way as other countries and ban animals from circuses altogether."