Mexico Lawmakers Ban Circus Animals
Overwhelming vote aimed at fighting mistreatment of animals
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Dec 12, 2014 3:30 PM CST
In this June 22, 2014 file photo, a tiger jumps through a ring of fire during a performance of the Fuentes Gasca Brothers Circus in Mexico City.   (AP Photo/Sean Havey, File)

(Newser) – Mexico's congress has passed legislation to ban the use of animals in circuses across the country. The lower chamber's vote yesterday followed one earlier in the week by the Senate and came six months after Mexico City passed a similar ban that is to go into effect next year. Six states also adopted bans. The House of Deputies say in a statement that the chamber voted 267-66 to approve the bill aimed at combating mistreatment of animals. It calls for fines for violations and requires circuses to submit lists of the wildlife they possess, which would then be made available to zoos interested in taking the animals. The bill now needs the signature of President Enrique Pena Nieto. He hasn't spoken about the proposal, but it was introduced by an allied party.