|This is the European Circus Association's press release proving the ongoing legal battle in Austria regarding the banning of animals in circuses. This case is cited by the British Conservative Party as the reason why they cannot impose a ban in the UK and it is likely to be illegal. Opponents of animals circuses have tried to dismiss this very real and serious case...|
|Circus Krone Challenges Performing Animal Ban in Austria |
Brussels, Belgium 15 June 2011 - The European Circus Association (ECA) today announced the filing of a legal action against Austria to challenge its ban on animals in the circus. ECA President Urs Pilz said. “The right to present well-cared for animals under good welfare conditions in the classical circus in Europe must be established once and for all.”
Mr. Pilz emphasized the ongoing popularity of performing circus animals across Europe. Data from the Irish Arts Council shows that more Irish visited circuses in 2006 than opera, contemporary dance, and ballet combined. Independent market research determined that 6.4 million Germans visited a circus in either 2006 or 2007. A random sampling of the German public in 2008 found that 86% of the persons surveyed believe that animals are an essential part of the circus.
The ECA strongly supports appropriate and strictly enforced regulations for circus animals. It also supports the creation of a European framework law on animal welfare accompanied by science-based indicators to promote harmonized regulation of all animals under human care.
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Arie Oudenes, ECA Director, Tel. +31 33 455 35 69 firstname.lastname@example.org
Dirk Kuik, ECA Press, Tel. +49.172.424.1843 email@example.com
For further information, see www.europeancircus.info
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