IN MEMORY OF ELEPHANT DIANA
Apr 2, 2019 —
It is one year since the dramatic road crash in Spain that took the life of circus elephant Diana.
Diana died agonising in a ditch by the road while her 4 suffering companions, injured and bewildered, blocked Spanish motorway A30.
Since the accident took place, Diana’s 4 companions – Thai, Pira, Belinda and Baby – have continued with their miserable life of constant travelling and pathetic performing. The 4 elephants, wild-caught and aged 49-55, are still performing throughout Europe instead of being given a dignified retirement after the traumatic experience and after decades of exploitation from circus to circus.
After the road crash, the elephants were sneaked out of Spain and taken to Italy, where they spent months performing in a circus, in which incidentally there was a fire. After Italy, they performed at the circus festival of Monte Carlo; then they continued touring in France; and they were finally taken to Slovakia, where they are at the moment, having been rented out to another circus. Since their arrival in Slovakia, only 3 of the elephants have been seen, with no news on the fourth.
Such is the life of animals in circuses: endless miles, hard work, confinement, deprivation and loneliness.
In the last year, we have unsuccessfully tried to submit over 725,000 signatures of European citizens to Commissioner Andriukaitis. They all demand the end of circuses with wild animals across the EU. But we won’t give up and we continue trying to find ways for the European Commission to listen to us.
The use of wild animals in circuses not only compromises animal welfare, but also endangers the health and safety of Europeans. The vast majority of EU Member States have already banned or severely restricted circuses with wild animals, but only a total ban across the EU will put an end to these practices. A European ban is the only effective solution to the physical and emotional suffering of wild animals in circuses and to the related public security risks.
The Federation of Veterinarians of Europe have urged authorities to prohibit the use of wild animals in circuses given the impossibility to ensure animal welfare, public health and safety. Moreover, the great majority of the society demands the end of this cruel, obsolete practice. A survey conducted in 2018 reveals that 65% of Europeans reject the use of wild animals in circuses.
Since the road crash that took the life of Diana one year ago, there has been a constant trickle of incidents involving wild animals in circuses throughout Europe.
THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION MUST ACT. WE WON’T STOP UNTIL THE COMMISSION RECEIVES US AND LISTENS TO THE NEARLY ONE MILLION VOICES THAT DEMAND A EUROPE FREE OF CIRCUSES WITH WILD ANIMALS.
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