Valencia votes to ban use of animals in circus acts

Valencia's regional Corts legislature voted 81-0 to ban use of animals in circus acts. Photo: EFE / Las Provincias

• Legislation proposed jointly by all parties, unanimously approved in 81-0 vote
• InfoCircos organisation hails vote as victory for defenders of animal rights

Valencia’s regional Corts legislature Thursday unanimously approved in an 81-0 vote a ban on the use of wild animals in circus acts anywhere in the Valencian community.

The vote makes Valencia the second of Spain’s autonomous regions after Catalonia to bow to growing pressure from the public, animal rights activists and political parties to stop the use of animals in circus acts.

Valencia’s new legislation prohibiting the use of animals in circus acts was jointly sponsored by all five political parties of the left and the right and comes after months of lobbying of legislators by InfoCircos, an umbrella organisation of five Spanish and European animal-rights groups working to stop the use of wild animals in circuses in Spain.

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