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Norway councils impose more stringent elephant regulations on circuses. New rules are being introduced in Norwegian towns Lillehammer and Fredrikstad to ensure the welfare of circus elephants. Circuses will now have to provide documents proving the animal is in good health before being able to rent space. Animal welfare groups have welcomed the new rules believing it to be the beginning of the end for exotic animals being used as circus acts.

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Norway councils impose more stringent elephant regulations on circuses

Published on Monday, 27th January, 2014 at 20:29 under the news category, by Lyndsey Smith   .

New rules are being introduced in Norwegian towns Lillehammer and Fredrikstad to ensure the welfare of circus elephants.

Elephant Baba at the circus in Norway
Norwegian animal welfare organisations hope politicians will make up their mind soon to ban elephants performing in circuses.Elephant Baba at the circus in Norway
Photo: ©2013 Michael Sandelson/The Foreigner


Circuses will now have to provide documents proving the animal is in good health before being able to rent space.

Animal welfare groups have welcomed the new rules believing it to be the beginning of the end for exotic animals being used as circus acts.

“Anyone who has seen elephants in the wild can see with one eye open that it’s not natural behaviour for elephants to stand on their front legs on a stool waving its trunk,” animal rights organisation NOAH’s Siri Martinsen told NRK, Monday.

She added that other countries in Europe have banned exotic animals from performing in circuses and hopes that other Norwegian municipalities will follow Lillehammer and Fredrikstad’s example.  

Minister of Agriculture and Food Sylvi Listhaug and her officials have not considered the matter as yet.

“Now there is a national ban on [circus] elephants and other exotic animals in England and several other European countries. Local bans are great for hurrying the Ministry and show that people and politicians in the country care about the elephants' welfare,” concluded Ms Martinsen.



Published on Monday, 27th January, 2014 at 20:29 under the news category, by Lyndsey Smith   .

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