France has just announced life-changing new measures to protect wild animals in the country...
France is changing its attitude towards wild animals.
via: Getty ImagesThe country has introduced sweeping new measures today to prevent animal cruelty.
This is a big win for those fighting for animal rights...
via: Getty ImagesAnd will completely change the country's use of wild animals in several industries.
It's a sad reality that animal cruelty continuously happens all around the world.
via: Getty ImagesThere are individuals out there who think it is acceptable to inflict cruelty and harm upon innocent animals, and this is not okay.
Some people just aren't fit to own pets or be around animals...
via: Getty ImagesAnimal cruelty and abuse comes in many different forms, and even the hoarding of animals is considered a form of animal cruelty.
And cruelty can be inflicted on not only domestic animals...
via: Getty ImagesBut also on wild animals.
One of the biggest problems with the cruelty of wild animals is the entertainment industry.
via: Getty ImagesCircuses traditionally used wild animals as performance props, and it was realized a few years ago that this treatment is not okay.
These poor, unwilling animals spend their lives in fear...
via: Getty ImagesThey are forced to perform tricks and they live in inhumane conditions, causing a lot of fear and stress.
Despite an animal's constant distress and pain...
via: Getty ImagesThe companies behind these circuses care about nothing but the profits, so sadly, many circus animals will eventually die in these makeshift prison cells.
Even though many circuses now ban the use of wild animals...
via: Getty ImagesThere are still companies around the world who continue to use wild animals against their will.
There are currently an estimated five-hundred wild animals in French circuses alone...
via: Getty ImagesBut now, officials in France have taken action.
The country is set to ban the use of wild animals in circuses.
via: Getty ImagesAnd that's far from all the new measures will achieve.
As per the Le Monde, Ecological Transition Minister Barbara Pompili announced the new measures today, stating that the country has to change its "attitude to wild animals."
via: Getty ImagesDuring a press conference, Pompili said: "It is time that our ancestral fascination with these wild beings no longer translates into situations where their captivity is favored over their well-being."
The new measures will mean that France's 3 dolphinariums will also be impacted.
via: Getty ImagesThe facilities will no longer be able to breed new dolphins or killer whales - or have any imported in from other countries. Pompili added that the use of wild animals in traveling circuses will cease "in the years to come."
She stressed, however, that the animals can obviously not simply be "released."
via: Getty Images"Solutions will be found on a case-by-case basis, with each circus, for each animal," she explained.
The country is following in the footsteps of more than twenty other European countries who already limit or ban the use of animals in circuses...
via: Getty ImagesBut, the new measures reach far beyond animals used in the entertainment industry.
France will also start to "gradually" ban American mink farms used for fur.
via: Getty ImagesAs well as this, the minister announced an aid package of $9.3 million to help circuses and dolphinariums adapt to the new bans.
Pompili didn't reveal a specific roadmap for the implementation of these measures.
via: Getty ImagesAnd it's currently not known what sort of timeline we are looking at for these bans.
She spoke about this issue with press:
via: Getty Images"Setting a date doesn't solve all the problems, I prefer to set up a process to make it happen as quickly as possible."
via: Getty Images"We are asking (circuses) to reinvent themselves," she said, adding: "It will be a time when they will need support, and the state will be at their side."
These new measures are such incredible news!
via: Getty ImagesAnd highlight just how far we've come in terms of our attitudes to wild animals and animal cruelty. To find more about this topic, scroll on to read about the circus using holograms instead of animals...