The state of Quintana Roo has been declared free of animal circuses after legislators voted 21 to 1 in favour of the new law.
The new law bans circuses from settling and holding performances, either private or public, with animals and also prohibits the use of wild and domestic animals for entertainment, either for or non profit.
Quintana Roo has now become the thirteen state to pass this bill. It has now joined Querétaro, Morelos, Colima, Chiapas, Chihuahua, Guerrero, Coahuila, Puebla, Mexico City, Zacatecas, Sonora and San Luis Potosi.
The Green Party legislator said: “in the circus laws of nature are violated, forcing animals to stress and suffer every day of their lives, all against their nature and development, as well as clear acts of cruelty against them.”
He also explained that the law recognises circus owners as the legal owners of the animals and animal confiscation will not be carried out.