Animal Circuses Banned

Animal-Free Circuses in Warsaw

Animal-Free Circuses in Warsaw

The mayor of Warsaw Hanna Gronkiewicz-Waltz has issued a directive banning circus shows involving animals. On Tuesday, she announced her decision via social media. Warsaw is not the first Polish city to take this step. The mayor of Słupsk Robert Biedroń has previously refused to allow similar performances in his city and has been campaigning with Polish-American supermodel Joanna Krupa for other cities to follow suit. The authorities in Bielsko-Biała and Legnica also decided against using trained animals for entertainment, as such practices are becoming increasingly controversial. The authorities explain that Polish society’s growing awareness of and sensitivity to animal suffering make it necessary for circuses to adapt to changing attitudes. “Objections are being raised with regard to the objectification of animals in circuses, the taming [of animals] in order to force them to perform actions that are against their nature, and the failure to ensure appropriate conditions of life for any given species, as well as the shameful conditions in which the animals are transported and kept between shows and off-season,” reads the justification of Mayor Gronkiewicz-Waltz’s recent decision. Psychologists from the Polish Academy of Sciences (PAN) provide yet another argument against allowing shows involving animals, claiming that upon seeing the treatment of circus animals, children receive a message that there is nothing wrong with being cruel to animals.
Gazeta Wyborcza

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