An acrobat performs on a ring held by an elephant during a show at the Rambo Circus in Mumbai.
By Sally Deneen of MSN News
August 10, 2013
Are elephants, tigers and lions going to be taboo at circuses, leaving daredevil acrobats and gymnasts to entertain crowds?
TRUE: Certain areas around the world ban circus animals, with India becoming the latest. But U.S. circuses still feature the big animals.
If a circus doesn't feature elephants or possibly any animals at all, is it still a circus? Some jurisdictions intend to find out. The Times of India reports that "animals will be totally banned from circus shows" in the country within a year. Get this: Tigers, lions and other wild animals already have been forbidden there for more than a decade, so the broadened ban will now cover the rest of the performing animals — including dogs, horses and camels.
In case you're keeping count, Colombia recently said "no mas" to wild animals in circuses, joining four other South American countries with bans — Peru, Ecuador, Paraguay and what is thought to be the first country in the world to have such a ban, Bolivia, which started in 2009. Greece banned all animals in circuses last year, becoming the second European country behind Bosnia and Herzegovina, according to Animal Defenders International. Austria and Croatia ban wild animal acts, ADI says, while Portugal and Denmark are among European countries pursuing such measures.
England's plans to ban all 21 animals working in its travelling circuses starting in late 2015 have drawn some howls of complaint, the BBC reports. So while elephants, lions and tigers are to be phased out, it's possible camels and snakes and the like will still entertain crowds. Don't worry: Elephants, tigers and other crowd-pleasers remain on the job in U.S. circuses, to the dismay of activists such as Lily Tomlin.