An announcement was made on Sunday by the mayor of Málaga that animal circuses are to be banned in the southern Spanish city. A further ban will be made on the pony ride carousels, popular at local fairs.
Photo of elephant in "training" - CC by-SA Heather Norwood PETA
Local government unveiled a new federation for the protection of animal rights in the city, which is the first of its kind in Andalusia, and third nationally. The Federation of Protectors of the Province is to be dubbed "Tidus," after a dog who died after suffering severe injuries in a fire in Valencia. Videos telling Tidus' story can be seen on YouTube here.
The circus ban in Málaga itself follows the lead of several other Spanish cities, Alicante, Barcelona, Girona, Lleida, Tarragona, Vigo and Vitoria, who also decided to ban circuses that use animals in their acts.
Further work will be done on the proposal in the weeks ahead in order to reach the widest consensus possible. Meetings will shortly be held with the newly-formed Federation of Protectors of the Province and the prohibition is to be brought before the whole city council in January 2015.
Several animal rights groups have been demanding a ban on both animals in circuses and the pony rides saying that the training used is "aggressive" and produces "unnecessary animal suffering,"
The secretary of Tidus, and president of the Málaga Society for the Protection of Animals, Carmen Manzano, spoke to the media about other animal suffering, including that of dogs, saying "animal lovers and animal rights campaigners have had enough of knowing that there are breeding centres and kennels throughout Málaga where dogs are tied up day and night, often without shelter, mistreated and abandoned."
She explained that Tidus was set up show that the group "will not be silent until animals have the respect and love that, as living beings, they deserve."
Pony rides at the local fair in Málaga are to also be banned.
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