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Appeal to raise funds for rescued circus animals
Kimba is one of the three lions rescued by Animal Defenders International.

Three lions saved after Guatemala circus ban 

Animal Defenders International (ADI) has launched an appeal to raise funds for the rescue of circus animals in Guatemala.

The appeal comes in response to Guatemala’s ban on the use of circus animals, which came into force in April 2018. Circuses were given 12 months to relocate their animals, yet many animals remain, including monkeys, lions, tigers and pumas.

ADI has already rescued three lions - Sasha, Nena and Kimba - from one zoo and is now working with authorities to remove two lions and nine tigers from a second.  

The animals will be cared for in temporary units until ADI has completed the documents and permits needed to take them to their ‘forever homes’. This process could take many months, after which the lions will move to a sanctuary in South Africa whilst the tigers will relocate to various sanctuaries in the USA.

ADI said that money raised from the appeal will be used to build holding units and to feed, care for and treat the rescued animals until their relocation.

“Sasha, Nena, and Kimba will no longer suffer in the circus and a new life awaits them in Africa,” said ADI President Jan Creamer. “With many more animals in desperate need of our help, we need the support of the public to save them all.”

ADI has rescued hundreds of animals across the globe, including more than 60 lions and tigers from circuses in Latin America. The organisation is also providing food, care and veterianry treatment for animals afftected by the Fuego volcano eruption.

To make a donation towards the appeal, visit

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Sale of microbeads now banned

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 The sale of products containing microbeads is now banned across England and Scotland, Defra has confirmed.

As part of government efforts to prevent these plastics ending up in the marine environment, retailers can no longer sell rinse-off cosmetics and personal care products containing microbeads. These tiny plastics were often added to products including face scrubs, soaps, toothpaste and shower gels.

Just a single shower is thought to send 100,000 of these beads down the drain and into the ocean, where it can cause serious harm to marine life. A ban on manufacturing products containing microbeads previously came into force in January this year. 

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The project will recruit local vets who will then work with keepers of breeding cattle to tackle BVD on their farms.