Representatives unanimously approves Bill that will end suffering of animals
Animal Defenders International (ADI) Colombia and Rep.
Augusto Posada of the Colombian Congress have announced that the Bill to end
the suffering of animals in travelling circuses has passed successfully
through the House of Representatives.
Bill 52/2011 has cross party
support, with sixteen members of different political parties joined as
cosponsors. The Bill prohibits the use of exotic, wild and domestic animals
in travelling circuses and provides for penalties for violations.
Tabled in August 2011 by Rep. Posada, the Bill has passed the required two
debates, with a unanimous final vote in the House. It now moves on to the
ADI's campaign to end the use of animals in circuses in
Colombia began in 2007 following the release of an undercover investigation
of animal circuses by ADI field officers. The investigation revealed a
staggering level of violence and animal abuse. One particularly brutal
incident involved a female chimpanzee named Karla, who was punched in the
face and whipped with a chain by her trainer.
In circus after
circus, ADI uncovered traumatised animals living in inadequate, barren and
unnatural conditions, with little space to exercise and display natural
behaviours. Animals were also kept together with incompatible species,
resulting in a lack of social interaction.
Jan Creamer, ADI Chief
Executive said: "We congratulate the Colombian House of Representatives on
their impressive support for Bill No. 52/2011 that, when passed, will end
the suffering of animals in circuses. Colombia is now at the forefront of
international animal protection measures and other countries will follow."
Rep. Posada, "We want to encourage the Senate to allow this
initiative to become law and Colombia to tell the world that our country
defends animals. We cannot allow entertainment to violate the rights of
animals and the welfare of the environment".
In the UK, despite
overwhelming public support for a ban (94.5% Defra consultation), as well as
political support (63% of MPs favour a ban), there is still no word from the
Government on when they will introduce a ban. Despite public opposition, the
Coalition Government is pressing ahead with an unpopular and unwanted,
expensive licensing and inspection regime, which they claim, will be
temporary. The Government's plans have been strongly opposed by ADI and
other animal welfare organisations, together with thousands of members of
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