THE circus that arrived in Muchamiel recently excited more censure than pleasure. In the past a fascinated Muchamiel public would have flocked to see the circus’s lions, tigers, wolves and crocodiles.
Instead, residents voiced their concern for the animals’ wellbeing on social media websites. “I hope that this will be the last circus with animals that comes to our town,” wrote one commentator.
Others described circuses as antiquated and shameful, and ‘No to animal ill-treatment’ was scrawled on posters put up in Muchamiel to announce the spectacle. The days of circuses with animals are numbered anyway in the Valencian Community after parties in the regional parliament voted unanimously to ban them throughout the region.
Parliament will now ask the regional government to implement the ban on the grounds that it is “impossible to adequately satisfy their [the animal’s] physiological, mental and social needs.”
The proposed law reflected public demand, said Compromis MP Cristina Rodriguez, who also stipulated that there should be a satisfactory solution for the animals.
Elisa Diaz, a Partido Popular MP, called for circuses to continue “but with clowns and acrobats to fill us with satisfaction and delight, without the need for wild animals.”