France to ban the use of wild animals in circus, sea parks


France’s environment minister has announced a ban on the use of wild animals in the coming years and keeping dolphins and killer whales in captivity in the circus

Also, starting immediately, France’s three marine parks will neither be able to bring nor breed dolphins and killer whales, she says.

“It is time to open a new era in our relationships with these (wild) animals,” she said, arguing that animal welfare is a priority.

Pompeili said the measures would also help end farming, where animals are reared for their fur within the next five years.

The ban does not apply to wild animals in other permanent shows and zoos.

Pompeili did not set an exact date for the ban at the traveling circus, saying the process “should begin as soon as possible.” She promised that the solution would be found “on a case-by-case basis” for each animal.

The French government will implement an 8 million euro ($ 9.2 million) package to help people working in circuses and maritime parks find other jobs.

“That infection will spread over many years, because it will change the lives of many people,” she said.

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