22 exotic animals remain in the care of circus entrepreneurs in Portugal

in News · 17-07-2020 01:00:00 · 0 Comments

Portuguese circus entrepreneurs still have 22 exotic animals in their care and want to keep them until 2025, when they will be obligated to give the animals up.

According to the Minister of the Environment, six tigers, three lions, two elephants, three crocodiles and eight boa constrictors are the animals registered by the Institute of Nature and Forest Conservation, confirmed João Pedro Matos Fernando at a hearing at the Parliamentary Committee on Environment, Energy and Spatial Planning.

Matos Fernandes stated that last week the Ministry Council approved the law regulation 20/2019, that determined a six-year transition period in which circus entrepreneurs would have to give up animals.

PAN deputy Inês Corte Real, who asked to hear the minister on the matter, noted that in 2016 there were more than a thousand animals in circuses, questioning what justifies this “strange decrease” and where the others went, if they died or had changed hands.

PSD, Bloco de Esquerda and PCP stressed that it is necessary to provide conditions for people whose job was to care for these animals in order to retrain themselves professionally.

The discrepancy in the numbers is due to the fact that the 2016 registration includes all animals that were in circuses, while the registration prepared by the ICNF refers only to the exotic animals.

As for the question of the retraining of professionals who worked with animals in circuses, “because it is an economic activity, it is an issue that is on the border between the Ministry of Economy and the Ministry of Employment”.


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