The balance of our ecosystem is maintained with the help of all living beings, so we all have our place within the system and rights that must be recognized and respected.
Therefore, it is our responsibility to protect animals and teach future generations of the importance of the concern for their care and wellbeing.
Any form of exploitation of animals is morally wrong, and fortunately, people are becoming aware of it. Animals should be treated humanely and responsibly, and we need to show our appreciation, respect, and compassion.
Yet, many others do not understand the importance of animal rights and welfare, and many animals suffer unspeakable cruelties and abuse. Denmark is among the countries that are leading in the struggle against the maltreatment of animals, and it has decided to ban wild animals in circuses.
In August 2019, the country paid 11 million kroner ($1.6 million) to purchase the last four elephants as a way to give them a proper retirement.
The Danish ministry then announced:
“The elephants will be sent to the establishment that can offer them the highest level of well-being.”
Animal Protection Denmark ensures the welfare of Ramboline, Lara, Djunga, and Jenny, until their new home, the Knuthenborg Safari Park, is ready for their arrival.
The Safari Park is building a proper space for the animals, so they can roam freely and enjoy similar conditions like living in the wild.
One of the elephants belonged to Circus Trapez, and the other three to Circus Arena, whose manager, Benny Berdino said he was “sad to have to say goodbye”, but at the same time, he was happy that they would get good retirement.
To show its commitment to the welfare of these animals, the government even adopted one of Ramboline’s friends- Ali the camel, even though it was not initially planned.
With this move, it made sure the inseparable two friends will enjoy the rest of their lives together.
The government of the UK has also announced a law that bans traveling circuses from using wild animals in May last year and decided that no baby African elephants will be taken from the wild to be sold in circuses and zoos anymore.
The UK’s then-Environment Secretary Michael Gove stated:
“Travelling circuses are no place for wild animals in the 21st century and I am pleased that this legislation will put an end to this practice for good.
Today’s announcement follows other measures we have taken to strengthen our position as a world leader on animal protection.
This includes our ban on ivory sales to protect elephants, and delivering Finn’s Law to strengthen the protection of service animals.”
England put this new law into effect on January 19, 2020.