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FVS: use of wild animals should be prohibited for circus and other events

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUUse of wild animals should be prohibited for not only travelling circuses but also all other events involving animals in some way, believes Latvian Food and Veterinary Service.

During a recent meeting between representatives of Animal freedom and FVS representatives, an agreement was reached in regards to the necessity of prohibiting the use of wild animals in circus performances in Latvia, says FVS representative Ilze Meistere.

«This decision by FVS is a progressive step towards improving legislation to protect animals. This position is based on scientifically valid belief that continues growing across Europe,» – notes Aivars Andersons, Chairman of Animal freedom.

In September, European Federation of Veterinarians had asked to prohibit the use of wild animals in travelling circuses across Europe. The federation represents 46 associations of veterinarians from 38 European countries, including 19 state veterinary services.

Use of wild animals in circuses is already prohibited in many European countries. Latvia’s circuses no longer have any wild animals that are kept in captivity all the time. All wild animals that are brought to Latvia for circus shows are transported with travelling circuses from other countries.

In September, Animal freedom organized yet another protest act outside of Riga Circus from in hopes of raising awareness regarding welfare of wild animals and the problem of using wild animals for entertainment.

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