The City Council of Madrid, Spain voted to officially ban wild animal circuses in the city due to animal welfare concerns, says animal rights organization People for the Ethical Treatment of animals (PETA).
The Council recognizes that wild animal circuses don’t meet “animals’ physiological, mental, and social needs” and do not respect the welfare of the animals.
With the ban, lions, tigers, and elephants will not be locked in cages or trailers anymore, dragged from site to site, and forced to perform tricks to entertain guests in Spain.
Madrid is not the only place concerned with the welfare of wild animals used for entertainment.
Last month, Garden Bros. Circus was prohibited by Washington DC from using exotic animals in its shows due to animal welfare concerns.
The circus can only continue its shows with human performers involved.
California is also looking into banning the use of wild and exotic animals in traveling acts as “wild animals used in circuses endure cruel training, near-constant confinement, and are deprived of their natural habitat.”
The city of Madrid now joins other Spanish regions such as Catalonia and Valencia as well as other countries such as Italy, Greece, Ireland, Scotland, and Romania in banning wild animals from circuses.