Animals in Shows – level 3
France is going to gradually ban the use of wild animals in entertainment over the next several years. The country’s minister of ecological transition announced this, pointing out that the animal welfare was a priority.
Starting immediately, three French marine parks will not be allowed to bring in or breed dolphins and killer whales, and no new marine aquariums can be built. Eventually, traveling circuses will not be allowed to showcase wild animals like tigers, lions, elephants, and bears. However, the ban does not apply to wild animals in zoos. The new law will also bring an end to mink farming, where animals are raised for their fur.
The French government has approved a $9.2 million package to help people who are currently working in circuses and marine parks to find other jobs.
Difficult words: animal welfare (the protection of the health and well-being of animals), showcase (to display something to best effect), mink (a small animal with thick brown fur).
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