Nationwide ban on wild animals in the circus

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My name is Holger Friedrich and I would like to use this petition for a federal wild animal prohibition law in the circus.

I consider the display of animals in the circus fundamentally problematic. But especially for wild animals it is intolerable. The mostly compulsory training, a life in cramped cages and enclosures, climatically difficult conditions and the never-ending transports from one venue to another. All this is not compensable for wildlife.

All non-domesticated animals are wild animals, even if they have been bred / raised in the circus for generations. Therefore, the claim of wildlife supporters in the circus is misguided and often deliberately misleading that these animals are no longer wildlife and the distinction between wildlife and pet is difficult.

Corresponding country applications in the Federal Council in 2003 and 2011 for a wildlife ban in the circus failed. Since then, cities and towns have been left to their own devices and can only enforce wildlife prohibitions in the circus on public land. A binding federal law is missing to give cities and communities legal certainty. With plenty of private space almost everywhere, a wildlife circus can often dodge these areas. And that's why banning wild animals in the circus in public areas is a praiseworthy approach, but ultimately it's just a less than effective alternative.

As of 18 March 2016, the renewed Hessian initiative for a ban on wild animals in the circus has been positively accepted by the Federal Council and has now been handed over to the Federal Government for decision.

And this is exactly where the danger now lies that this initiative will fail again - the lobbyists for wild animals in the circus are already active. And on the part of the Federal Government announces resistance again. Therefore, it is crucial that we raise our voices.

This time it has to work! If not, years will pass before the Federal Council and the Bundestag deal again with the matter.

Circus YES, wild animals NO!

Please support my petition. Many countries in Europe and around the world have already successfully implemented a wildlife ban in the circus. And we can do it, too !!!!

Elephant, tiger, hippo & Co. say THANK YOU !!