Most countries say that they love animals but Denmark is saying it with their actions. Countries around the world have been banning the use of wild animals in circuses and Denmark is taking things to the next level. 11 million Danish krone, which is about $1.6 million was paid by the Danish government for the final four circus elephants living in the country. They will now be able to retire comfortably.
The elephants, Ramboline, Lara, Djunga, and Jenny come from two different circuses, Circus Arena and Circus Trapez. Mogens Jenson, Denmark’s Food and Fisheries Minister says that the ban on using wild animals in circuses is one step closer thanks to this move. Now that the decision has been made, they will be cared for by Animal Protection Denmark within eight months.
Until the time that they are able to be cared for, space will be prepared at the Knuthenborg Safari Park. It may not be living in the wild, but it will give them an opportunity to roam freely and they won’t have to perform tricks.
In order to show good faith in just how interested they are in elephants, they decided to adopt one of Ramboline’s friends. Ali the camel was not going to be part of the plan but when officials heard about the camel and how it also needed a home, they decided to step up to the plate. Prime Minister Mette Frederikse said in a parliament meeting that nobody wanted to separate them so now they can live out their lives together.
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Although additional information is forthcoming about the legislation in Denmark banning the use of circus animals, there have been many other countries that are already moving in that direction. England put a new law into effect on January 19, 2020, that banned the use of wild animals in circuses for the purpose of entertainment. Austria, Costa Rica, Mexico, Scotland, and Peru also have similar legislation in place. Just because there won’t be any animals at the circuses does not mean that the crowds will be missing out. Holograms are even being used by some circuses in Germany!
The Danish government shelled out nearly $1.6 million to adopt the final circus elephants in the country.
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