The Government of Panama has formalized a ban on the entry of wild animals into the country to be used in circuses.
The ban covers: “Wild animals of any kind or origin that are part or presented or exhibited in fixed or travelling circuses, public shows, entertainment and other similar organizations.”
It excludes private collectors, animal breeders, zoos and rescue centres registered with the National Environmental Authority (ANAM).
Circuses and other institutions currently owning wild animals used for entertainment were given two months to export the animals.
The new legislation also mentions that pets entering the country with the circus must comply with the health measures established by the ANAM.
Offenders will face penalties of 1 to 10 million Balboas.