Denmark has announced it will spend 11 million kroner ($1.6 million) to give four circus elephants a proper retirement.
The elephants are the countrys last four circus elephants, and the move comes as the Danish government plans to ban the use of wild animals in circuses.
According to the countrys Food and Fisheries Minister, Mogens Jensen, the ban on wild animals in circuses is expected to come into action later this year.
The four elephants are named Ramboline, Lara, Djunga and Jenny. Earlier this week, the ministry said there are no immediate plans regarding where the elephants will live once theyve retired, but said applicants willing to take the animals should offer a timely takeover and proper welfare, AP News reports.
Meanwhile, Circus Arena manager Benny Berdino said he was sad to have to say goodbye to the elephants, though was happy they would all get a good retirement. Three of the elephants belonged to Circus Arena, while the fourth was part of Cirkus Trapez.
The Danish ministry said, via The Jakarta Post:
The elephants will be sent to the establishment that can offer them the highest level of well-being.
More than 40 countries have announced the restriction or banning the use of wild animals in circuses.
Earlier this year, the UKs then-Environment Secretary Michael Gove announced a new Bill which will ban the use of wild animals in circuses across England.
The Wild Animals in Circuses Bill means that circus operators in England will no longer be able to use wild animals as part of a travelling circus, with the government saying this has no place in modern society.
In a statement provided by the government, Gove said:
Travelling circuses are no place for wild animals in the 21st century and I am pleased that this legislation will put an end to this practice for good.
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