Please share and raise awareness; In Mexico, in March 2015, Animal Rights Organisations pushed through a ban by financing campaigns with the Green Party in Mexico (Partido Verde). It was aimed at preventing animal cruelty, and those who violate it will be fined nearly $225,000. Instead of fining individual cases of animal cruelty, which are more rare in circus than in normal domestic pet ownership, they decided to shut down the entire industry of traditional circus with animals.
A count was made last week that showed that 80% of the animals that were donated, given or sold to sanctuaries, zoos and private owners… Are now dead… It’s absolutely horrific!!!!
What was not taken into account is that circus animals are very much a unique species of animal, often 30 generations captive bred in the circus and these animals have very close connections to their animal handlers and the typical daily circus life and routines they live.
Mexico is now realising the damage they have cause by this hasty and unfair ruling, as they have realised the mass carnage that has been left behind. People are now understanding the greens party and animal rights are extremists who acted on emotion and not based on any scientific facts and real peer reviewed evidence. They are talking about now reversing the ban.
When the ban began, it was estimated that Mexico has approximately 700 circuses… The latest count revealed approx that only 30% are left. We are not just talking animals have been affected by the ban, but thousand of workers (Owners, artists, tent hands, stage hands, technical crew) that travel with these shows, now out of work and unable to support their families.
María Fuentes Sánchez and her circus, have lost 90% of their audience due to the ban. Their beautiful circus tent, which once held 1500 audience capacity, now on some days only has 50 people. Life has become hard and they are struggling to survive. The media attention the ban got in Mexico and thousands of dollars in paid newspaper and magazine reviews that were purchased on behalf of the Animal Rights organisations to taint circuses once great reputation, she says took away nearly 40% of their audience. As circus was suddenly slammed as cruel to animals. Many of the images and videos used in the animals rights videos and press releases, weren’t even from Mexican circus, many were taken in India and other third world countries, but the imagery was enough to shock much of the public. Then the rest of their audience they lost simply because the audience wanted to see animals in their show. This particular circus, tours the north of Mexico, where hardly any zoos exist, so the animals are the locals only way of ever having knowledge or an interaction with such unusual and beautiful species.
Circus animals are very well known to not survive well once taken away from their circus habitat. M The connection the animals have to their trainers and the enrichment these animals get by learning new things and exercising in their act are things these animals cannot live without. It would be the equivalent of a loving pet dog owner, who plays with the dog all day and has no other job, but to care for that dog and teach it new things. Suddenly the dog is taken to a zoo and put in a cage or enclosure, with no more human interaction… One can imagine how this affects the animal psychologically.
When the ban took place, Maria tried to donate her tigers firstly to a Tiger encounters show in USA, as she knew that this would be the next best thing for her animals, where the animals could still have human connections and day to day training and travelling, what these animals know as “normal”, with the help of Felicia Frisco, one of the Tiger trainers at the show. But Mexican authorities and US authorities made any exportation quite impossible. So she had to donate the animals to a zoo in Tijuana, 11 Tigers (white and yellow) and five horses. Shortly after, all horses died and four of the tigers have now died since last year.
It was not the zoos fault these animals died, the enclosures were quite good for zoo standard, simply, the lifestyle just was not what these animals were accustomed to… No loving human mommy or daddy to give them cuddles and talk with them throughout the day, no exciting new smells of the next cities turf, no exercise for their brains learning new skills.
The death of an African Elephant, by the name of Mary was also covered widely by the press (link in this group). Elephants are one of the most sensitive creatures and have probably the most difficult time out of all circus animals, adjusting to zoos and sanctuaries.
The trainers that have been affected are also in crisis. What continues to be a problem, is that these trainers, now with so many circus artists unemployed and with only their skill as a trainer to rely on, have no way to support their families. One of Maria’s closest friends fathers needs urgent kidney surgery, but there is no way to pay for this. Friends from the circus have tried to help, but all circus artists are now suffering due to the crisis, so the trainers father will die.
Animal Rights Activists promised the world they had an exit plan for Mexico. They lied to their donors, to the circus, to the world. Now we have thousands of families in poverty, hundreds of beautiful animals, many endangered… Dead and probably more will die over the coming year.
The circus industry in general, globally has witnessed a growing number in animal rights extremism over the past few years. Vandalism, threats, stolen property, physical abuse by protestors towards trainers and circus owners, verbal abuse thrown at not only them, but their patrons by protestors/activists. We feel, as an industry, very misunderstood, we feel victimised and bullied. These animals are very much loved by their owners. Newspapers and magazines are constantly printing articles that are pushed through by activists with millions of dollars to fund their views, that spread lies and inaccuracies about our circuses, using imagery that isn’t from the circuses in question.
We want individual cases of cruelty to be addressed individually, as they would do in any case of domestic violence between a human couple, or violence from a pet owner to an animal. Abuse is not common in our industry and we do not support animal abusers. We support animal welfare and want the best for our animals and want animal rights to stand up and accept that they did the wrong thing in the case of Mexico, we want an apology for all of the animals they indirectly killed with the law they pushed through with the Green Party.