Undeniably, good news has been streaming in recently regarding the use of wild animals in circus performances such as the historic announcement by Ringling Brother's to end elephant acts by 2018.
Even more impressive is the recent enactment of a nation-wide ban on animal circuses in Mexico, which goes into effect July 8.
Mexico has nearly 200 registered circuses and many more unregistered ones with reportedly thousands of animals, so what happens to those now "out-of-work" bears, big cats, and primates who are suddenly finding themselves displaced by the legislative success we are all praising?
Justifiably, this question is being asked by circus owners, media, NGOs, and of course, the public.
There is no doubt that the ban to prohibit the use of wild animals in circuses is cause for celebration and commendation for the Mexican public and government; however, it does highlight the vital need to incorporate solutions for animals who will be impacted by such a drastic and far-reaching change.