Wild mammals banned in Dutch circuses


This video is called Earth Focus Episode 58 – Asian Elephants in Peril.

On 15 September 2015, it will become illegal for Dutch circuses to have wild mammals performing.

Many circus animals had already gone elsewhere. Today, Dutch circuses still own 11 wild mammals: six elephants, three tigers and two zebras.

Circus performances by domestic mammals, like dogs, cats, horses, cows, camels and llamas are still legal in the Netherlands. So are reptiles and birds in circuses.

The Netherlands is the tenth European country with a ban on animals in circuses.

Austria was first.

In Greece, all animals in circuses are banned. Including domestic mammals, reptiles and birds.

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