Estonian veterinarians support wild animal circus ban

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NGO animal advocacy organization Loomus welcomes the announcement by The Estonian Veterinary Association in support of banning wild animals in circuses. 

“As a member of the Federation of Veterinarians of Europe, the Estonian Veterinary Association has voted for banning the use of wild animals in traveling circuses,” confirms Priit Koppel, the president of the Estonian Veterinary Association.

“Thus, we support the stances of the members of ENDCAP (the European Network to End the Keeping of Wild Animals in Captivity), the European leading network of animal organizations and live nature experts, and those of the members of the Federation of Veterinarians of Europe, which recommend all European countries to ban the use of wild animals in traveling circuses.”

Currently, 23 countries in the world have established a total nation-wide ban on the use of wild animals or all animals in circuses. Nine European Union countries have clearly banned the use of all or wild animals in circuses; nine countries have established partial bans.

A Russian circus that brings along more than 40 animals, including 15 lions and tigers, is visiting Estonia on June 14 and 15. In order to stop this kind of entertainment and speed up the legislative process in Estonia, animal rights organizations call on everyone to send letters to the Ministry of Rural Affairs and to the Veterinary and Food Board, and to participate at the demonstration.

The request to stop animal circuses from coming to Estonia and accelerate the completion of the ban bill can be delievered at

The demonstration, in which all major Estonian animal organizations have agreed to participate, will take place in front of the Tondiraba ice hall in Tallinn on June 14 at 5 pm.


The NGO animal advocacy organization Loomus protects the rights and interests of animals, and represent their interests in social discussions. Primarily, Loomus stands for the animals used in agriculture, animal testing, entertainment and fur farming.