Mexico bans circus animals
Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto has made it official and signed in to law a ban on using wild animals in circuses.
The new law will enforce strict fines for violations and requires circuses to submit lists of the wildlife they possess, which will then be made available to zoos interested in taking the animals.
Those found guilty of committing an offence under the new legislation face hefty fines of 50 to 50,000 times the minimum wage – the equivalent of nearly $225,000 / £150,000.
Last week an amendment to the new law announced by The Environment and Natural Resources Secretary now includes the prohibition of marine animals in travelling circuses and other entities