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San Luis Potosí has banned the use of animals in circuses in the state from 1st January 2015.

The amendment on Article 79 of the state’s Animal Protection Law reads: “the establishment and operation of circuses in which live animals are used is prohibited.”

Animal circus owners will face a fine of 2000-5000 days of minimum wage if they don’t leave the state or transform their business into an all-human circus.

Officers who allow the estiblishment or operation of animal circuses will face a fine of 3000-6000 days of minimum wage.

The Ministry of Agriculture Development and Water Resources will be responsible for monitoring the new rule is followed.

Some did not welcome the news entirely arguing that the amendment was made to protect animals, so it should have also included rodeos and bullfighting.

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