• 100 primary school children convince Altea to halt circus acts using animals
• Call for dignified treatment of animals gets town council’s unanimous support
The town council of Altea in Alicante’s Marina Alta region has responded to a petition presented by 100 local primary school children and voted unanimously to bar circus acts that use animals from performing within the municipality.
In the petition presented to the council with the support animal-rights NGOS InfoCircos and AnimaNaturalis, students from the 5th grade at L’Olla primary school of Altea said that they wanted to see animals treated with respect and dignity and that they did not believe that the use of circus animals kept in captivity to entertain audiences comprised primarily of children provided any real educational value.
The students called on the Altea town council to “take the appropriate measures against circus shows with animals that have been removed from their habitat and are treated unnaturally.”
As a result, Altea town councillors representing the Compromís (Commitment Coalition), the Socialist party (PSOE), Partido Popular (PP), Altea Amb Trellat and CIPAL voted unanimously to bar circuses that employ animals held in captivity from performing in Altea.