Sunday, 22 March 2015

Three lions rescued in circus raid in Peru

A police raid on an illegal circus in the town of Piura in Peru has resulted in the rescue of three lions and two monkeys.

Following a tip off, Animal Defenders International (ADI) had been trailing the circus for over a week while liaising with the authorities in preparation for the seizure.

Early one morning the circus suddenly moved, with vehicles leaving in different directions.

Thanks to an ADI team, the vehicle with the animals was stopped just outside Sullana, north of Piura.

ADI and the Peruvian authorities Servicio Nacional Forestal y de Fauna Silvestre (SERFOR), Administracion Técnica Forestal y de Fauna Silvestre (ATFFS), the National Police and the department of Piura mounted the raid as part of a collaborative effort to enforce the country’s ban on the use of wild animals in circuses.

Twenty four lions have now been removed from Peruvian circuses and almost 70 animals rescued during ADI's Operation Spirit of Freedom.

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