Ukraine might switch to "circus without animals", - Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports

Next week authorities intend to offer an algorithm for this procedure
16:32, 6 October 2019


Ukraine intends to switch to a "circus without animals", and next week the heads of state circuses plan to discuss this prospect. Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports Volodymyr Borodyansky and his deputy Iryna Podolyak write about this on Facebook.

"I believe that Ukraine as soon as possible should become a state without such a shameful phenomenon as a circus with animals. And I am glad that there are people in my team who, of course, share this position," Borodyansky writes.

Podolyak noted that the main question is what to do with animals. She added that it would be difficult to implement the program "circus without animals", because so far in Ukraine there is no "modern refuge" for circus animals.

Earlier it was reported that the court prohibited Odesa circus from exploiting animals.

Related: Rally against use of animals in circuses ended in clashes with police in Lviv

Kyiv court recognized the legitimacy of the decision by Kyiv city state administration on prohibiting the work of circuses employing animals across the city. Head of UAnimals NGO Olexandr Todorchuk posted this on Facebook.

'The court confirmed the legal nature of Kyiv city hall's decision about banning the tent circuses in Ukraine. The promoters of circuses refused from any further attempts to bring the violence back to the capital', he wrote.    

The campaign against the tent circuses in Kyiv has been underway for a while now. Numerous events were held in Kyiv and some other cities. In Odesa and Lviv, some activists brawled with the police while protesting against animal abuse; several people were detained.

Kyiv city state administration made the respective decision in November 2017; the Cabinet upheld the respective draft bill in late 2018. The circuses have five years to make all the decisions and take the necessary measures for this process to complete. 

Related: Four activists detained at Circus Without Animals demonstration in Ukraine's Odesa

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