Denmark has purchased the last remaining circus elephants to stop their exploitation and give them a proper retirement.
In line with other country’s efforts to stop animal abuse, the Danish government rescued Ramboline, Lara, Djunga, and Jenny, the last four elephants still being used for performances in shows at Circus Arena and Circus Trapez.
According to Food and Fisheries Minister Mogens Jensen, the government is also looking to implement a ban on the use of all wild animals in circuses later this year.
Animal Protection Denmark will tend to the animals until Knuthenborg Safari Park is able to spruce up some dedicated space for the elephants in its 440-hectare park.
In a heart-warming gesture, while rescuing Ramboline from Circus Trapez, the government also rescued a camel named Ali, so that the friends could remain together.
Confirming the action in a parliament meeting, after they heard of their attachment with each other, Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen said: “ It would be wrong to separate Ramboline and Ali. That’s why we actually got Ali.”
AP news reported that Benny Berdino, the manager at Circus Arena was “sad to say goodbye” to the mammals but was happy to know the elephants would be comfortable in their retirement.
Animal cruelty reforms worldwide
With the purchase of the elephants, Denmark joins forty countries including Greece, Peru, Mexico, El Salvador, Nederlands, Costa Rica, Iran, Slovenia, India, and Scotland that have already implemented sanctions to stop animal exploitation for commercial gains.
Back in May, the UK government passed a ban on wild animals being used for circus performances.
According to BBC News report, in August, at a global conference called the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), 87 countries including the UK voted to outlaw the trade of selling wild African baby elephants to circuses and zoos.
In June, Germany’s Circus Roncalli replaced real animals with holographic animal images and used technology to develop shows to enthrall its audience.
New Jersey and Hawaii also became the first US states to ban the use of animals in circuses and travelling shows.
Last month, TripAdvisor announced it will no longer promote the US marine park SeaWorld that held sea animals captive or forcibly trained them for entertainment purposes.
What else can governments do to stop cruelty to animals? Share your thoughts in the comments section below!
Vegan culture, food, beauty & more
- Totally Vegan Buzz Team
- 19th June 2020
All sorts of plant-based foods and products will be up for sale at this summer’s Vegan Farmers’ Market in Vancouver. Vancouver is gearing to launch the city’s first Vegan Farmers Market on 27 June at Vancouver’s Concord Community Park. The event will operate right through summer for eight full Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 …
- Charlotte Coates
- 13th January 2020
Perfume has the power to transport you. A favourite scent can remind you of many things – conjuring up the bliss of a relaxing holiday, the comfort of home or even a butterfly-filled first date. There are so many wonderful scents to choose from, no matter if you prefer musky notes, floral hints or fruity …
All the quizzes you love to binge!
- Marlon Farrugia
- 10th January 2020
How much vegan knowledge do you have stored away? Do you have to Google your way through a shopping trip, or do you have all the bad E-numbers memorised? Find out now with this quiz. Marlon Farrugia Marlon Farrugia is a freelance writer from Brighton. He has been a dedicated vegan for many years, and …
- Marlon Farrugia
- 13th October 2019
Spook Season approaches. There will be ghosts, goblins, ghouls, and glucose. You need a costume, and you want to it to show off your personality, which means VEGAN. But what to choose? Take our quiz to find out your perfect outfit. Marlon Farrugia Marlon Farrugia is a freelance writer from Brighton. He has been a …
- Marlon Farrugia
- 26th September 2019
“If you were a vegetable, what kind would you be?” A question that has tormented humanity throughout the ages – until now. Read: QUIZ: If you score 19/20 on THIS quiz, you’re a Vegan God Marlon Farrugia Marlon Farrugia is a freelance writer from Brighton. He has been a dedicated vegan for many years, and …