Myriam Kirmond, chairperson of the Animal Rights Group in Malta, told The Dodo by email that the victory comes after years of vigorous campaigning - an example she hopes similar organizations will follow to see that animal circuses around the world are banned.
"We organized protests, met up with the Prime Minister, appeared on TV and media in general and done school educational programmes, so that the children and general public will be aware of the actual life these poor animals are living and at what cost to entertain us," says Kirmond.
"Having worked on this issue for oh so very many years, we are still almost incredulous that all our hard work has paid off, as we had tremendous obstacles put in our way to stop us from working for this cause."
In the United States, animal circuses have been banned in 46 municipalities across 21 states - though a nationwide ban may be on its way. Earlier this year, U.S. Congressman Jim Moran introduced the Traveling Exotic Animal Protection Act, which seeks to restrict animal circuses on the federal level.