France is all set to ban the use of wild animals in circuses and marine parks. The country’s environment minister announced the gradual ban. This will be applicable against keeping killer whales and dolphins in captivity inside marine parks, using wild animals in circuses, and also on keeping minks in fur farms.
The ecological transition minister of France held a press conference where the plan to ban other wild animals like lions, tigers, and elephants will be banned “in the coming years”, in traveling circuses. This was announced by minister Barbara Pompili.
The immediate ban applies to 3 marine parks. It prohibits them from bringing in or breeding killer whales and dolphins. She further said, “It is time to open a new era in our relationship with these (wild) animals.”
Mink farming will be completely stopped in the coming 5 years. Minks are often raised in unhygienic farms for their fur that is mainly used in the fashion industry.
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This ban will not be applicable to the wild animals residing in zoos and other permanent shows.
There is no specific date mentioned for the ban on animals in circuses. Pompili mentioned it will come into effect as soon as possible. She also said the government is also looking for other solutions for the animals being used in other sectors, “on a case-by-case basis.”
The government of France has announced a 9.2 million dollars package. It will help the people who work in marine parks and circuses find new jobs. The government understands how many people will be impacted by this ban on wild animals. They are dedicated to helping them over the coming years.
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