No more lions, tigers, and bears.
Next week, Mexico will implement a new law that bans the use of exotic animals, such as tigers and elephants, in circuses.
The law was passed in March 2015. It is intended to prevent animal cruelty. Those who violate the law will be fined almost $225,000.
What will become of all these animals is the question that remains.
Many circus owners will find it too expensive to maintain the animals. A Mexican animal trainer estimated that feeding circus tigers costs approximately 3,000 pesos ($200) per day. Add to that veterinary costs, and you have a costly expense.
e Privately owned zoos have also offered them.
Some circus owners say the new law designed to protect animals puts them in greater danger.
e Some owners try to sell the animals, but you never know who’s buying. Other people are desperate enough to want to put them down.
e The animals were left without water or food.
Circuses in Mexico are also concerned about their revenue. Attendance could fall without animal attractions, and smaller circuses have already been forced to close.
Naturally, workers are worried about their job. e
e Austria, Croatia, Greece, Bolivia, and Costa Rica are also countries that have a nationwide ban.