Elsewhere in the world, many animals still tour with traveling circuses. We find the same as in France, but also panthers, bears, giraffes, great apes, rhinos, kangaroos, antelopes, raptors, crocodiles and many other animals depending on the reputation of the establishment and the country. In Europe, some countries have banned - partially or fully - numbers with wild animals. However, France has not yet taken a decision in this direction. A working meeting was held with Élisabeth Borne, French Minister for Ecological and Inclusive Transition, bringing together the different actors (circus workers, veterinarians and associations). However, there is a decree, dating from 2011, requiring the minimum standards that circuses must respect for the welfare of animals.

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If our efforts are mainly focused on French territory, with regard to circuses with animals, we sometimes participate in actions with foreign partners. This is the case in Germany, where with Peta we are fighting so that Robby - a chimpanzee - can have improved comfort if he cannot fly to a sanctuary. In Slovakia, we have also reported on several occasions the fate of the elephant Jumba, who is losing weight visibly. In Spain, it is the fate of the elephant Dumba for which we continue to get involved. We will of course be present with any association wishing that we share the fate of an animal in France.


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It is important to be realistic. If a ban on circuses with animals is born, a real transition will have to be seen before. Without this, many will be destined to end up euthanizing. This is why Chapter Animals continues to highlight its campaign for the creation of our sanctuary. There, let's give a temporary or permanent home to animals who have only known cage trucks and bars. Let's try together to achieve this, and allow some to fly to reserves in South Africa.


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