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Mexico's Greens achieved ban of wild animals in circuses

After years working to create environmental awareness in Mexican society, the Green Party of Mexico (Partido Ecologista Verde de México, PEVM) gained wide popular and parliamentary support to ban the use of wild animals in circuses. All political parties in Mexico overwhelmingly endorsed this democratic decision. It displays also a remarkable and encouraging development of human society in developing a consciousness of love and respect for life in all its forms and manifestations; something essential to the rescue of planet Earth in view of the dramatic environmental destruction caused by humans. The adoption of this law means that in all Mexican territory never again a tiger, lion, elephant, bear, primate, or any other wild animal will have to endure the abuse of captivity and exploitation of circuses.

With 90 votes in favor, 1 against and 2 abstentions, the Senate of Mexico approved amendments and additions to the General Law of Ecological Equilibrium and Environmental Protection and the General Wildlife Act. A large majority also accomplished the vote in the House. The Green Senator Jorge Emilio González Martínez presented the initiatives that give rise to these laws.

Amendments and additions achieved by the PVEM establish:

• Article 78 of the General Wildlife Act to prohibit circuses from using wildlife in their shows.

• A fraction XXIV added to Article 122 considers an offense carrying out acts that contravene the provisions of wildlife conservation outside its natural habitat established by law.

• Article 127 states that whoever commits that offense will be liable to a fine of 50 to 50,000 times the minimum wage, which currently amounts to between three thousand 364 pesos and up to three million 364 thousand pesos.

• Also article 87 Bis 2 of the General Law of Ecological Equilibrium and Environmental Protection was amended adding powers to the federal government to issue and monitor compliance of the laws determining the basic principles of a humane treatment of animals, including their training.

In presenting these initiatives, the Green Party of Mexico used scientific studies showing that animals suffer physically and psychologically because of life in circuses by deprivation of their natural development, their spaces and social groups; in addition of being trained in an abusive and cruel manner. The scientific documents submitted by the PVEM also showed that the use of animals in circuses provides no educational value to viewers, nor acts as a conservation tool of wildlife.

Considering the transcendent achievements in favor of life here exposed, we respectfully urge the Greens of the world to keep promoting, with a compassionate and communitarian spirit, the necessary laws preventing the use of wild animals in circuses and the exploitation and abuse of all animals.