Dulce Maria: US should ban the use of wild animals in circuses

Dulce Maria has had enough with animal cruelty and that’s why the former RBD singer is teaming up with PETA Latino to raise awareness on…

Mexican actress and musician Dulce Maria sings at Teleton 2011 in Mexico. (Keneth Cruz/Wikicommons)

Dulce Maria has had enough with animal cruelty and that’s why the former RBD singer is teaming up with PETA Latino to raise awareness on this serious issue.

Animal activists have secured another victory for animals that don’t have a voice to speak for themselves since the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus announced that its 13 traveling elephant performers would retire by 2018 –it has been the talk of the town. Critics say this has been a long time coming since a vast amount of evidence shows that elephants are highly intelligent, socially sensitive animals and they have no place in captivity.

They will be transported to the circus’s 200-acre conservation center in Florida and enjoy a sunny retirement. Now Dulce Maria wants to take this a step further with circuses in the U.S. banning animal performances altogether.

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An elephant performs at the Ringling Bros. Circus, Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA.

An elephant performs at the Ringling Bros. Circus, Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA. (Shutterstock)

She believes the U.S. should follow the example of Mexico and take this step as motivation to push even further when it comes to circus shows: Why stop at elephants? Why not ban the use of all animals in all circuses?

In a new video for PETA Latino, the Sin Fronteras singer and Rebelde actress pleads with her fans to abstain from circuses that use animals in their acts.

“Imagine living most of your life in a basement or a cramped railroad boxcar,” Maria begins in the video. “Imagine being under the constant threat of being hit with a bullhook—a sharp metal weapon used by circus trainers to beat elephants into submission.”

Maria continued on describing the cruel and unusual treatment that these majestic creatures are forced to endure, such as how they’re chained, forced to perform in front of screaming crowds, and have their babies torn away from them shortly after birth. Much of this treatment is the same for cows in the diary industry.

“When you buy a ticket to a circus that uses animals, that’s what you’re supporting,” she says.



Mexico isn’t the only Hispanic country to outlaw the use of animals in cirrus acts. Latin American countries including Bolivia, Colombia, Paraguay, and Peru are a few of the nations that has managed to ban the practice.

“I’m proud of my native country, Mexico, for recently taking the steps necessary to ban the use of wild animals in circuses. Now it’s time for other countries to follow in Mexico’s footsteps,” María concludes. “And if you care about animals, please help them by never going to the circus.”

María is not the only celebrity to endorse animal rights with PETA Latino, whose slogan includes the idea that “animals are not ours to use for entertainment.”

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Others who have joined the cause include Kate del Castillo, Constance Marie, Wilmer Valderrama, Carla Morrison, Rubén Albarrán, Marco Antonio Regil, and Pablo Azar.

They have done so in an attempt to spread awareness that our furry friends are more human than we think.