Mexican authorities have seized 6 wild animals from Harley Circus after receiving an anonymous tip.
Inspectors from the Federal Bureau for Environmental Protection (Profepa) performed a surprise operation on the travelling circus that had recently settled in Dzidzantún, Yucatán. They seized one tiger, one lion, one bear and three monkeys for showing clear signs of abuse and severe injuries.
The black bear was missing his lower jaw and presented loss of hair, the Bengal tiger had deformed extremities and the African lion had torn claws and fangs. The three spider monkeys were all missing teeth, which according to the zoo manager had been removed to ‘avoid accidents’.
On top of abusing the animals, the circus manager didn’t have the legal papers of origin for any of the animals. Inspectors believe they were acquired in situations ‘against the dignified and respectful treatment of wildlife.’
The animals were transported to the Unit for the Promotion of Conservation and Sustainable use of Wildlife in Mérida, where they will receive proper medical care and attention.
The General Wildlife Act establishes penalties of 20 to 50,000 times the minimum wage, as well as confiscation of the animals, to whoever violates the ordinance.