Two weeks after Mexico’s capital banned animal circuses, the state of Veracruz wants to join the fight but leaves animal lovers disappointed.
Mexico City banned circuses on 9 June from using any live animal for performances, distribution, selling, as gifts, in games, for photography or any similar activity.
The law will take effect in a years time. Violators will receive a fine of over $700,000 Mexican pesos and their animals will be seized.
Last Thursday, Veracruz amended their Animal Protection Law to punish anyone responsible of animal abuse.
The law now states that anyone who wilfully harms an animal will receive a fine of 50 to 100 days of minimum wage and up to 2 years in prison. If the abuse results in death, the person responsible will receive a fine of 200 to 400 days of minimum wage and up to 3 years in prison.
Regarding circus’ animals, if proven abuse during training or cruelty regarding their housing conditions, circus owners will face a fine of 5,000 days of minimum wage.
Animal rights activists say the amendment is a long way from being good enough because in addition to continue to allow animal circuses as long as abuse is not proven, which has been arguably demonstrated by experts worldwide, it also exempts from punishment all ‘sports’ such as bullfighting, cockfighting, animal races, rodeos and hunting.