No Circus for Motril

Thursday, March 7, 2019
By Martin Myall

MOT Circus ProtestThe circus, Roma Dola has pulled down its big top in Motril instead of operating as planned because the Town Hall has withdrawn its licence

The problem is  their performing animals. Back on the 23rd of May 2016, a motion that was put forward by the left-wing party, Izquierda Unida, was unanimously approved at the Plenary Meeting of the Town Council, forbidding animal shows within the municipality.

When the circus turned up this year, the circus was given a licence on the condition that the animals did not perform, but IU stepped in and pointed out that just by having animals within the circus, regardless of whether they perform or not, goes against the new bylaw, so the Town Hall had to withdraw their licence.

So how did this all come about?

Trouble had begun brewing soon after the circus arrived, because they had started putting up posters including animal acts. Immediately, a local, animal-protection association raised the alarm and complained to the said left-wing party, who took this objection to the Mayor.

So, the Vice-Mayor, Sra Escámez, got onto the circus and an agreement was reached whereby the circus could go ahead but with no animal acts, furthermore the animals should be kept in an area away from the general public. Everybody was happy… except the IU.

IU Councillor, Daniela Paqué, together with representatives from the animal-rights group, turned up at the Town Hall with a formal complaint under their arms. Article III belonging to the new bylaw stipulates, they pointed out, that no show involving animals would be allowed to enter the municipality, regardless of whether they performed or not.

The Vice-Mayor was cornered and was left with no alternative but to withdraw permission for the circus show to go ahead. The Policía Local were sent around to the fairground to tell them to pack up and move on.

Circus owner, Julio de la Torre LĂłpez, considers that it has all been an “injustice” and has contacted his lawyer. “This is the first time that something like this has happened to us,” he complained.

However, it is not the first time that they have had problems with animal-rights associations; in Loja about four months ago such an association claimed that the animals were ill-kept etc (see photo).

Nevertheless, after an inspection by Seprona (the Guardia Civil Environmental Protection Department) and another health authority, who both confirmed that the animals were well looked after, the show was allowed to go on.

Editorial comment: the end result will be that these animals will eventually be put down by their owners as more an more such associations force town halls to forbid these animal acts, leading to the inevitable extinction of the travelling circus.

On the one side we have the palaeolithic Spanish right-wing backing bullfighting supported by public subventions while on the other we have zealot left-wingers banning prancing ponies. God save us from our politicians.

(News: Motril, Costa Tropical, Granada, Andalucia)

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One Response to “No Circus for Motril”

  1. The problem is that, how is it OK to have dressage shows, horse racing etc etc, but it’s not OK to have horse acts in a circus? We teach our dogs to do tricks, so why is not OK for a circus to have performing-dog acts? Do we draw the line at exotic animals, and if so, how do we justify the “exploitation” of one but not the other?

    Zoos and Circuses are 19th Century as far as animals go, but the existing animals can only be kept if there are funds. If circus owners can’t afford to maintain them, and there is nowhere to put them (you can’t adopt a lion in your flat) then they will be put down. Lions belong in Africa, as do the hippos etc.

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