Animal Defenders International (ADI) is delighted to announce that the
Plenary Council of Colombia’s capital city Bogotá this week voted
overwhelmingly to ban the use of animals in circuses, with 36 votes in
favor and 8 against the Development Plan proposed by the Mayor.
ADI’s office in Bogotá congratulates Mayor Gustavo Petro,
the city councilors who made this possible, especially Councilman
Roberto Saenz, and the local animal organizations and citizens who
worked alongside ADI to achieve this ban. ADI is in discussion with the
authorities to establish what steps will be taken if circuses ignore the
The ban Colombia’s capital follows a vote earlier in the month in
Congress to end the use of animals in circuses nationwide – that Bill
has now moved to the Senate, with two further votes required for it to
Please donate today to support our campaigns in South America, and around the world.
Colombia appears to be moving rapidly towards becoming
the latest country in South America to ban animal circuses since the
launch of ADI’s Stop Circus Suffering campaign in 2007. To date Bolivia,
Peru and Ecuador have banned either all animal acts or wild animal
acts, with a ban also well advanced in the Brazilian Congress.
A bill that would ban the use of wild animals in traveling circuses is
currently under consideration in the U.S. Congress. Please click here to email your Representative in support of the Traveling Exotic Animal
Protection Act, H.R. 3359.