10/28/05 Already Five Cities to Ban Circuses!
Velika Gorica, Rovinj, and Split joined Mursko Sredisce and Varazdin!
Velika Gorica, Rovinj, and Split are Croatian cities which also banned circuses with animal acts this month! Rovinj, Velika Gorica and Split thus joined Mursko Sredisce, which banned circuses with animal acts on October 10, and Varazdin, which banned circuses on October 21. These three Croatian towns thus followed the examples of Venice, Vienna, Barcelona, Rio de Janeiro and hundreds of other towns worldwide in which circuses with animal acts were not welcome.
The city councils of Velika Gorica and Rovinj adopted a resolution of banning of circuses with animal act on Thursday, October 27, 2005, whilst Split made this decision one day later, on Friday, October 28, 2005.
After decisions about banning of circuses with animal acts in Mursko Sredisce, Varazdin, Velika Gorica, Rovinj, and Split, Animal Friends expects that other cities will positively react on their appeal and follow the examples of these cities.
Ethical awareness of the citizens regarding the animals suffering in circuses is growing daily, and is reflected in the decisions of the city councils which follow the will of the citizens and take care of the reputation of their city.
Reasons for banning are the horrible cruelties the circuses use during the training, transport and accommodation of animals which perform in shows.
There are no legal standards by which the treatment of animals, their transport and a number of acts they perform could be controlled. These animals are forced to traveling, various climates, performing in shows and captivity, and besides the physical torture they have to go through during the process of training, they are also under a lot of stress due to the fact that they are taken away from their natural habitats and brought to the world of "fun," or in other words, for them, a world of constant captivity and performing meaningless acts. They are unlucky victims of human manipulation whose physical, social and other needs are ignored by those who profit by their exploitation.