Supreme Court cir­cus ban re­ver­sal could af­fect Costas

Costa Blanca News (North Edition) - - NEWS - By Joe Wick­man jwick­

The Supreme Court re­pealed a lo­cal or­di­nance that banned an­i­mals from be­ing used in cir­cuses, cre­at­ing ju­rispru­dence that could af­fect Va­len­cia’s leg­is­la­tion from 2015.

The Supreme Court’s judg­ment gave va­lid­ity to an ap­peal lodged by Aso­ciación Cir­cos Unidos in the Castilla-La Man­cha town of Talavera de la Reina.

They ar­gued that these mea­sures have to be set on a re­gional or na­tional level, and that lo­cal gov­ern­ments do not have the power to rule over such con­cepts.

In Va­len­cia city, mayor Joan Ribó im­ple­mented the ban shortly af­ter be­ing elected, mak­ing use of the lo­cal gov­ern­ment’s right to rule on mat­ters re­gard­ing the oc­cu­pa­tion and use of pub­lic spa­ces.

Other towns in the re­gion have fol­lowed suit, ban­ning cir­cuses with an­i­mals.

Fur­ther­more, a re­gional law to this ef­fect was an­nounced in 2016 but is still go­ing through the bu­reau­cratic process.

The re­gional gov­ern­ment hopes that this mea­sure will be able to keep the ban in place.

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