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The Minister of Ecological Transition announced on Tuesday measures such as the progressive ban on the display of wild animals in traveling circuses.
"Big cats, elephants, killer whales, dolphins or even minks: it is time to open a new era in our relationship with these animals." It is with these words that the Minister of Ecological Transition Barbara Pompili presented this Tuesday a series of measures in favor of animal welfare. Announcements particularly awaited while the governmentfor its action on the question.
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Gradual end of wildlife in traveling circuses
Concretely, the end of wild animals in traveling circuses will be "in the years to come", said the Minister, without giving a specific deadline. "Setting a date doesn't solve all the problems, I prefer to set up a process to make it happen as quickly as possible."
Concerning the fate of these animals - there are for example some 500 wild animals in French circuses depending on the profession -, "solutions will be found on a case-by-case basis, with each circus, for each animal", said the Minister, stressing that these animals can obviously not be "released". The measures will only concern animals in "roaming" circuses, and therefore not other shows featuring wild animals, said the minister.
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More than twenty European countries have already limited or prohibited the presentation of animals, just like around “400 communities” in France, according to the minister.No new dolphinarium
No new dolphinarium can be created, also indicated the minister who mentioned the idea of a "sanctuary" to eventually accommodate the dolphins and the four orcas in captivity in the three existing aquariums. She thus underlined the need for a period of "seven to ten years to prepare the continuation" for these species.
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In return, the government will release an envelope of 8 million euros "for the reconversion of circuses and dolphinarium staff". "We ask them (in the circuses) to reinvent themselves, it will be a period when they will need support, the State will be at their side," assured Barbara Pompili.
Animal welfare: why future government measures are already dividing
© JEAN-PIERRE MULLER / AFP The Minister of Ecological Transition Barbara Pompili is due to announce Tuesday measures in favor of "captive wildlife". According to Pierre-Philippe Frieh, spokesperson for the French Federation of Fur Trades, the Minister has already announced the closure within five years of four French mink farms. He denounces "an animalist groundswell". The measures are not yet public, but are already worrying the fur industry.
End of mink farms for their fur
The Minister also announced "within five years" the end of the breeding of American mink, noting that "our time has changed in its attitude to wild animal". "It is time that our ancestral fascination with these wild beings no longer translates into situations where we favor their captivity over their well-being", she said, when four farms of this type exist in France.
In a press release, the L214 association welcomed this ban. "France is thus closing a significant gap vis-à-vis other European countries which are nevertheless major producers." Brigitte Gothière, spokesperson for L214, nevertheless underlined in this press release: "It should not mask the necessary and expected advances in intensive breeding which concerns more than a billion animals."
France: end of reproduction of orcas and dolphins in captivity, 3 parks affected .
© Loic VENANCE / AFP the French government has announced the ban on the reproduction and the introduction of new orcas and dolphins. Alongside the disappearance of wild animals from traveling circuses, the French government announced on Tuesday the ban on the reproduction and introduction of new killer whales and dolphins, a decision which concerns three amusement parks. "The intention of the message of Mrs.