Protest against circus animal exploitation in Rome

Animal News : Rome lion fountain vandalized in protest against circus animal exploitation
Red paint on the Fountain of Lions known as "Fontana dei Leoni" in Piazza del Popolo, Rome, credit: Reuters/Remo Casilli

Animal rights activists sprayed paint on a fountain in Rome’s Piazza del Popolo on Thursday to protest circus animal exploitation.

The two activists, a man and a woman, threw yellow, red, and orange paint over the Fontana dei Leoni (Fountain of Lions).

A few months ago, a lion escaped from the Rony Roller circus near Rome, causing panic in the seaside town of Ladispoli before being caught.

After seven hours, the lion was sedated in a rural area with the help of infrared sensors. This incident led to renewed calls from animal rights activists for a ban on using wild animals in circuses. 

Circus animals in Italy

In July 2022, a law was approved in Italy that banned the use of animals in circuses and other traveling shows. However, the law still needs to be implemented.

The call for a ban on circus animals in Italy is part of a growing global movement against using animals for entertainment purposes, especially in traveling shows and circuses. 

Support The Animal Reader – Daily Animal News

The Animal Reader is your go-to source for daily updates on animal newsWe’re committed to keeping our content freely accessible to all.

If you like what we’re doing and can support us, it would help us grow our independent animal news platform. 

Previous articleAnimals nearly a month at sea on ship destined for Israel
Next articleNew footage shows 16,000 animals stuck on ship in Australia (VIDEO)