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File photo shows an Iranian circus performer playing with an animal.

Animal Rights Watch: A national campaign for removing animals from circuses has gained fresh momentum after more provincial departments of environment endorsed the plea.

A spokesperson for Iran’s Animal Rights Watch announced Saturday that environmental departments in 21 out of 31 Iranian provinces have joined the national campaign to ban circuses that use animals.

The “Not in Circuses” campaign, launched in the province of Isfahan based on religious decrees banning animal abuse, has entered into operational phase with the accession of 21 provinces, Shahram Amiri Sharifi said in an interview with ISNA.

“By staging circuses that are free from animals, we want to show that we can stage entertaining shows without abusing animals,” he said.

The animal rights activist said more than 40 nongovernmental organizations have already joined the campaign. He also called on Iran’s Ministry of Education to ban tours that take students to animal circuses.

Visiting circuses is not a popular hobby in Iran, but shows still use animal performers to entertain people, especially in southern Iranian provinces.



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  1. maryam mahzoun می‌گه:

    Animals aren’t actors, spectacles to imprison and gawk at, or circus clowns. Yet thousands of these animals are forced to perform silly, confusing tricks under the threat of physical punishment; are carted across the country in cramped and stuffy boxcars or semi-truck trailers; are kept chained or caged in barren, boring, and filthy enclosures; and are separated from their families and friends—all for the sake of human “entertainment.” Many of these animals even pay with their lives. They are deprived of proper care and become sick, listless and depressed. Many develop neurotic behaviour from the stress and abuse and die far short of their expected lifespan. They .spend the vast majority of their lives crammed into transport cages
    human being must stop one day this cruelty to other animals. It’s sick and dangerous that just because human is more powerful and intelligent so has the right to abuse animals for his/her entertainment. one day it must be banned

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