The Maltese government has banned all animal circus acts, domestic or wild, in Malta. It is the 28th nation to ban animal acts, and follows Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Greece and Cyprus.
The Amendments to its Animal Welfare Act were signed into law by the President of Malta on October 21.
Myriam Kirmond, chairperson of the Animal Rights Group in Malta, told The Dodo the victory came after years of campaigning and protesting.
“We organised protests, met up with the Prime Minister, appeared on TV and media in general and done school educational programmes, so that the children and general public will be aware of the actual life these poor animals are living and at what cost to entertain us,” she says.