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The Supreme Court repealed a local ordinance that banned animals from being used in circuses, creating jurisprudence that could affect Valencia’s legislation from 2015.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