The AFP Belgium parliament has decided to ban certain wild animals such as lions, tigers and elephants in circuses in Belgium.

A healthy decision for these animals away from their natural environment and living in cages.

Proposed by the government as part of its policy of animal welfare, this legislation has been adopted by a large majority of MPs, despite the opposition of professionals from the circuses.


It follows a survey conducted in 2011, revealing the difficulty of ensuring animal welfare. A list of animals allowed has been established: "cattle, buffalo, pigs, llamas, camels, camels, ferrets, rabbits, dogs, cats, pigeons, geese, chickens, parrots, parakeets, ducks, horses, donkeys, ponies, sheep and goats".

Belgium and has joined the short list of countries banning these wild animals in circuses (Austria, Germany, Hungary, Denmark, Sweden).

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