Mexico’s congress has passed legislation to ban the use of animals in circuses across the country.
The lower chamber’s vote Thursday followed one earlier in the week by the Senate and came six months after Mexico City passed a similar ban that is to go into effect next year. Six states also adopted bans.
The House of Deputies said in a statement that the chamber voted 267-66 to approve the bill aimed at combating mistreatment of animals. It calls for fines for violations and requires circuses to submit lists of the wildlife they possess, which would then be made available to zoos interested in taking the animals.
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The bill now needs the signature of President Enrique Pena Nieto. He hasn’t spoken about the proposal, but it’s expected that he will sign the bill that was introduced by an allied party.
The ban on circus animals in Mexico City earlier this year has resulted in several circuses ending operations in Mexico.
If signed, Mexico will become the ninth country in the world putting a ban on animals in the circus. Bolivia, Peru, Greece, Cyprus, Paraguay, Columbia, Netherlands, and Slovenia all have bans on wild animal performances.