Chahar Mahal and Bakhtiari’s Director of Environment Shahram Ahmadi, while announcing this province’s support for the anti-circus campaign, added “using wild animals in circus is clearly an act of animal abuse and we strongly condemn such wrong, cruel acts.”
Due to an increase in environmental awareness, the importance of conserving wildlife in public opinion, and Environmental Protection Agency’s special mission to protect animal rights, more and more these environmental organizations in Iran are denouncing the use of wild animals in circus shows.
“Chahar Mahal and Bakhtiari was among the first provinces that decried the holding of circus, and has banned circus shows for about four months now,” said Ahmadi.
“Currently, both the people and the officials of this province consider any use of animals in circus shows a violation of environmental principles and are fully aware of the adverse impacts of such shows on children,” he asserted.
During a session held last week and attended by head of Iran’s Department of Environment Masoumeh Ebtekar, some more provinces including North Khorasan, South Khorasan, Kohgiluyeh and Boyer-Ahmad, Kermanshah, Tabriz, Isfahan, Golestan and Kerman joined the ‘Say No! to Circus’ campaign.
Ebtekar noted that the campaign on anti-animal use in circus is an effective and promotional step toward banning circus activities and no circus will have permission to display wild animals in their shows in the provinces that have joined the campaign.