Villena (Alicante, Spain) / A Spanish circus, the Wonderland, has donated seven tigers and one lion to the largest exotic animal rescue centre in southern Europe, which is located in Villena (Alicante, Spain), and it has committed in writing not to use wild animals again in its shows.
“That one of the most prestigious circuses in Spain has decided to take this important step, it reflects the situation perfectly: Wild animals in circuses, as the bearded woman before these, they are fortunately at the end of their days,” said the head of felines in Primadomus, Pablo Delgado.
Thus, the Wonderland circus becomes the second circus that in recent months voluntarily decides to end the use of wild animals and to donate their big felines to the recovery complex managed by the International Foundation AAP Primadomus.
Sources of the Foundation, who have not specified the name of the circus, have told EFE that the rescue of the lion and the seven tigers is the largest operation of this type in Spain, and it occurs in a context in which there is an increasing number of autonomous communities and municipalities that prohibit this type of use.
From now on, the centre of Villena will take care of both the care and the maintenance of the specimens.
The arrival of the felines in the vans began at around 4 pm with the “absolute collaboration of the circus”, in a meticulous and long process of several hours which includes sedation, cargo, transport and finally “liberation “of the animals in the modern quarantine facilities of Primadomus.
There, these will spend the next four weeks, a period necessary to certify that these do not carry any contagious disease, and then, they go to the definitive facilities of the complex located along 20 hectares in the Sierra de Salinas, between the provinces of Alicante, Albacete and Murcia, to continue their rehabilitation process.
The arrival of these animals increases considerably the population of big felines in AAP Primadomus, of up to 32 individuals among lions, tigers and leopards, to which are added in another zone near the complex more than a hundred of primates.
Most of these primates and large felines have been recovered in operations directed against illegal traffic, private illicit possession, circuses, advertising, street photography or being in zoos without the right conditions.
AAP Primadomus is a member of the group InfoCircos, which seeks to put an end to the use of animals in shows, and Catalonia, Valencia, Galicia, Balearic Islands and Aragon have already been banned or started the legislative procedures for this, while more than 440 municipalities have also joined, including Madrid, Malaga, Valladolid or Pamplona.
The facilities for big felines of AAP Primadomus were officially inaugurated by Queen Sofia in May 2016. (September 22, 2017, EFE/Practica Español)
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un circo ha entregado forzosamente unos animales a una fundación de protección animal.
un centro para animales ha entregado unos felinos a un conocido circo.
un circo ha entregado de forma voluntaria unos animales a un centro para animales.
no ha mencionado si continuarán o no las actuaciones con animales salvajes.
afirma que no habrá más funciones con animales salvajes.
reitera que muy pronto volverá a realizar actuaciones con animales salvajes.
cree que no era necesario que ese circo tomara esa decisión.
valora muy positivamente la decisión tomada por este circo.
no da mucha importancia a la decisión que ha tomado el circo.
porque todavía no tienen un espacio específico para tenerlos.
para evitar que otros animales puedan contraer cualquier tipo de enfermedad.
porque algunos animales del centro se encuentran enfermos.
No se sabe.
No se sabe.