Elephants, felines and giraffes cannot perform in a circus anymore

Training rules given, too.

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As from November, it will no longer be possible to use wild animals for public performances in circuses and other public shows.

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The Agricultural Ministry published a new regulation giving details on the use of animals for the purposes of public performances or training.

The regulation includes a list of the animals prohibited for use during public shows, including felines, primates, elephants, hippos, rhinos, dolphins and giraffes. The ban does not include domestic dogs, cats and ferrets, but their training conditions have been modified by the regulation.

Training cannot stress an animal

When training, it is not possible to use fire or narcotics and the animal cannot feel stress during the training. Public feeding, educational lectures at a zoo or falconry are not considered public performances.

The law was amended in September 2018, stating that animals can no longer be classified as objects. Animal ombudswoman Zuzana Stanová opined that Slovakia moved a step forward to change the social perception of animals’ rights protection.

“We believe that it is the first step towards the absolute ban of imprisoning animals for the purpose of circus performances,” she said, as quoted by the SITA newswire.

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