This nationwide ban comes after six states, and the federal district of Mexico City, had already passed similar legislation on a local level.
Terra News reports that the ban would impact 592 circuses operating around the country. As government officials noted, however, the passage of the ban is not intended to put circuses out of business, but to have them to continue "without affecting other species."
Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto hasn't said whether he will sign the bill, but as the Associated Press reports, it has been endorsed by an allied political party. States will then have 180 days to come into compliance with the new ban.
Once signed into law, Mexico will become the 10th country to have passed nationwide bans on animal circuses nationwide. Meanwhile, across the border in the United States, similar measures to stop animals from being exploited for entertainment have been piecemeal by comparison.
This week, for example, officials in Oakland, Calif. approved a ban on bullhooks - a sharp instrument used to intimidate elephants into performing - as a de facto way of preventing circuses from operating within the city. The move is considered a step forward, albeit woefully lacking in urgency; Oakland's ban will only go into effect in 2017.