Ban the Use Of Wild Animals in Circuses


Target: Spanish Prime Minister, Mariano Rajoy

Goal: Prohibit wild animals from being used in circuses where they suffer from confinement and brutal training.

A hippopotamus escaped from a circus and ran loose in a small town before being cornered and returned to confinement. This incident, which occurred in the Spanish town of Palos de la Frontera, proves that wild animals do not belong in circuses where they are confined for most of their lives, trained using brutal methods and forced to perform difficult tricks. They never experience freedom, roam in their natural environment or form social bonds with members of their species as they would in the wild.

Moreover, animals that escape from circuses, zoos and other establishments that keep them for entertainment pose a serious risk to the public, as well as to other animals. Spain is one of the few countries in the European Union that still allows circuses with wild animals. One of its regions, Catalonia, has already banned the use of wild animals, but the country as a whole must prohibit circuses from keeping wildlife for the sake of both animals and residents.

Sign this petition urging Spanish lawmakers to urgently ban circuses from keeping wild animals.


Dear Prime Minister Rajoy,

The hippopotamus that escaped from a circus and roamed the streets of Palos de la Frontera proves that wild animals do not belong in entertainment. Aside from the animals themselves suffering immensely from constant confinement and brutal training in the circus industry, they can also pose serious risks to the public when at large.

Please ban the use of wild animals in circuses immediately, as other EU countries and Catalonia have done already.


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  1. Rosslyn Osborne says:

    Humans MUST learn that wild animals are just that! WILD. Please have some compassion for these animals and send them to a sanctuary to be rehabilitated and freed if possible.

  2. Anita Culling says:

    2016. Not dark ages. STOP WILD ANIMALS IN CIRCUSES

  3. simon rickman simon rickman says:

    Come on you morons! This is the 21st century not the dark ages – never seen an animal before? Hey, get on line look at them there. Leave the animals alone.

  4. Beth Knalfa says:

    BAN ALL ANIMAL ACTS. Nobody wants to see it anymore!

  5. end the animals at the circus now. free them to a sanctuary.

  6. Gerald Bowman says:

    What kind of human goes to a circus these days?
    Pass laws to prevent this kind of torture.
    Anyone that does this is a criminal, anyone that goes to one of these events is a uncaring SOB!

  7. That hippo was lucky. Usually when they escape they get killed which is not fair for the animal at all because he/she wants out from the abusive captivity they are held in. Countries from all over have now outlawed, banned using animals in the circus. Non-animal entertainment is now what is going on. Animals doing unnatural tricks is no longer excepted. It is now taboo, out-of-date with the modern times for the modern ethical treatment for animals. Retire them to a sanctuary.

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