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Dutch Government Prepared to ban the use of Wild Animals in Circuses

November 1, 2012

ALMERE, The Netherlands, November 1, 2012 /PRNewswire/ –

In their coalition agreement presented to the public on the 29th of October, the new
Dutch government announced a ban on the use of wild animals in circuses. The Dutch animal
protection organization Wilde Dieren de Tent Uit (No Wild Animals in Circuses) has worked
towards a ban for years and is, together with co-founder the AAP Foundation, very excited
about this animal friendly decision by the Dutch government.

Previously, the Dutch government had not implemented any animal welfare standards
required when using circus animals. But now, the Netherlands is the third European country
to ban the use of wild animals in circuses, after Austria and Greece which have already
made the move. Greece even put an end to the use of all animals in circuses.

In 2008, the Dutch parliament nearly agreed on a ban, but now, in 2012, the new
coalition finally states that the use of wild animals in circuses should end. David van
Gennep, director AAP Foundation: “We congratulate Wilde Dieren de Tent Uit on this huge
success and thank our partner organizations for their enormous commitment to the
elephants, monkeys, tigers and other wild animals that have performed and still perform
tricks in circuses in the Netherlands.”

Leonie Vestering, director Wilde Dieren de Tent Uit: “This decision is a big reward
for Wilde Dieren de Tent Uit and we are very happy that the ban is finally included in the
coalition agreement. We are very willing to help move the animals to a shelter where their
wellbeing is secured.”

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