Circus animals must leave Kortrijk

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5 October 2007, KORTRIJK – Eight wild tigers, a jackal, a llama and a camel owned by the Rafael circus must leave the city of Kortrijk on Friday at the orders of Kortrijk alderman for the environment Stefaan Bral (Flemish Christian democrats CD&V).

5 October 2007

KORTRIJK – Eight wild tigers, a jackal, a llama and a camel owned by the Rafael circus must leave the city of Kortrijk on Friday at the orders of Kortrijk alderman for the environment Stefaan Bral (Flemish Christian democrats CD&V).

Circus Rafael arrived in the Kortrijk sub-municipality of Heule on Thursday. Alderman Bral and Kortrijk environmental police immediately ascertained that both the animal welfare law and the ban on wild animals in circuses were being violated.

The city decided in 2003 that wild animals may no longer perform in circuses in Kortrijk or be housed in the parking lot. "The animals must leave on Friday," alderman Bral says, "rules are there to be respected."

At the moment negotiations are ongoing between the aldermen and the circus management. The rest of the circus may stay and the first performance is planned for Friday night.

[Copyright Expatica News 2007]

Subject: Belgian news

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