July 4 2013 – Janice Pennington, representative of the Winnipeg animal advocacy group The Human Education Network (THEN), informed through her Facebook account that the City of Winnipeg Protection and Community Services Committee voted in favor of Banning the use of wild and exotic animals in all traveling zoos, exhibits or circuses. The ban is said to take effect next week once the EPC gives final approval.
Animal advocate Janice Penington had to say the following:
Congratulations Winnipeg, we did it! [The Elephants] Limba, Marie & Schell will never perform in our city again. Winnipeg is NOW an advanced and civilized city. It will no longer be deemed amusing to abuse another living sentient being for entertainment. Winnipeg children will no longer be subjected to the inhumane spectacle of the use and domination of wild exotic animals in traveling zoos, exhibits or circuses. Give yourself a great big pat on the back everyone for never giving up on this issue.
According to the Winnipeg Free Press, the local animal advocates have been fighting for the ban for almost two decades. Their plan of action has been effective and the city will no longer welcome those that exploit animals. The Winnipeg Free Press was able to reach Ross Holt, a spokesman for the Shiners local chapter that said the following: “It just isn’t worth the aggravation. We’re out of it now. There were just too many headaches and hassles.”
It is commendable the arduous work of animal activists. They have set an example for many more Canadian cities to follow. They are the heroes of many animals and today they celebrate the victory over ignorance and lack of empathy.
According to the Global Action Network website the following cities through out Canada have called for a ban of shows with live animals:
Quebec- prohibitions in 2 municipal jurisdictions:
- Ville Saint-Laurent
- Ville de Mont-Royal
Ontario- prohibitions in 2 municipal jurisdictions:
British Columbia- prohibitions in 19 municipal jurisdictions:
- Coquitlam (ville)
- Delta (municipality)
- Maple Ridge
- Nanaimo (ville)
- Nanaimo (district regional)
- New Westminster
- North Cowichan
- North Vancouver
- Salmon Arm
- Surrey (ville)
- Vancouver (ville)
Newfoundland- prohibition in City of St. John’s and Mount Pearl
Nova Scotia- prohibitions in 5 municipal jurisdictions:
Since the month June 17 of this year, the Kebek Animal Rights Association has been promoting a letter campaign in which invites people to send their comments to the cities where the Shrine Circus will be presenting. KARA released the following statement:
The Shrine Circus will be in Quebec at Pincourt, Lachute & Laval during the months of August and September. KARA encourages people to communicate with their municipalities as well as the companies that will rent out the space for the circus. People should communicate their concerns to their representatives. If you see any circus ads in your local newspapers, please do not hesitate to let the editors know that you disapprove of circus animal cruelty.
Please click here for information of where to send letters and comments. It is the voice of concerned citizens that make a positive difference for exploited animals.Take action, make calls and send in letters.
Click here to watch video of protest against the Shrine Circus in 2012
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