We are going through a very important moment in our
campaign against animals being kept and performing in circuses.
Bills demanding that circuses are forbidden to exploit animals
all over the Brazilian territory are at
present in the Constitution and Justice Commission of
the Chamber of Deputies.
However, there is
a bill brought to the Senate by Senator Álvaro Dias from
Paraná - Brazil, that proposes circuses to be registered at
the Ministry of Culture and the presence of animals in
circuses to be regularized.
is such an outrage! The senator is misinformed, for he talks
about animals being kept in circuses suffering no
ill-treatment! In order to justify his proposal he mentions
the importance of circus animals to children! One wonders
whether the Senator considers educating children, either
showing them an elephant standing on a small stool or taking a
newborn animal from its desperate mother, because this is what
happens to chimpanzees and other animals.
We are going to contact Senator Álvaro Dias and expose
to him the true conditions of animals kept in circuses, how
exploited they are and the cruel situations they are submitted
to – pain-stimulus-based training, food privation, being
caged and chained.
We are going to ask the senator to withdraw and modify
Bill 397/03. It is important to emphasize that we are not
against circuses, we simply demand respect for animals. We
support a modern kind of circus with creative and talented
performers. A circus without animals being exploited and
submitted by suffering.
– Rio de Janeiro - Brazil
BILL Nº 397, 2003
Bill rules about the act of registering circuses in the
Ministry of Culture and about the measures for the protection
of circus animals and some other main provisions.
Congress decrees that:
– The circus is one of the Brazilian cultural heritage
assets, as stated in article 216 of the Federal Constitution,
and it has its activity guaranteed all over the Brazilian
– The denomination “circus” shall depend on the show
being registered in the Ministry of Culture.
– Registration shall be granted only for shows that have at
least fifty percent of circus activity.
The registration certificate, issued by the Ministry of
Culture, is an able document for the settling and performing
of circus shows in any town, provided they abide by state and
It is mandatory that circuses keep their animals healthy and
safe, not allowing them to be ill-treated or to jeopardize
physical integrity of human beings and other animals.