In a video also posted to Facebook, the mayor says, "[Circus animals] are subjected to a brutal mistreatment, and we don't want to participate in this type of behavior...I think most Guatemalans will understand."
See a video of the announcement here.
The policy follows a similar ban that outlawed exotic circus animals in the federal district of Mexico City last June. Last month, the entire country followed suit, enacting a nationwide ban on circuses with exotic animals.
Mexico joined the countries of Malta, Bolivia, Peru, Cyprus, Greece, Paraguay, Colombia, Slovenia and the Netherlands, all of which have banned the practice.
The U.S. is notably lagging behind when it comes to exotic animal circuses. 46 municipalities across 21 states have banned them so far, and Congressman Jim Moran introduced the Traveling Exotic Animal Protection Act seeking to restrict animal circuses on the federal level earlier this year. This bill was introduced in Congress in April 2014 but was not enacted.