Lithuania's Environmental Protection Agency has withdrawn its permit for the Francesko Jung circus from the Czech Republic to publicly display its elephant.
“Having discovered violations related to the animal's welfare, the animal's improper care and failure to comply with the animal exhibition conditions stated in the permit, the agency has made the decision to withdraw the issued permit,” the agency told BNS.
The document states that the circus is allowed to publicly display the elephant from the middle of April, but the circus started doing so on March 27.
The agency states that due to Lithuania's climatic conditions, the most appropriate month to bring the animal is April, therefore issued the permit from the middle of April.
The document also states that the circus was issued a fine of €75 on April 5 for the elephant's performance on April 4 in Vilnius and for failing to comply with the permit conditions. Also in May, the circus was issued two fines of €15 and €120 for failing to ensure proper keeping conditions for the animal and its care.
The Environmental Protection Department told BNS that it will visit the circus on Friday to see if there are performances with the elephant and will make appropriate decisions.
The circus is now in Visaginas and shows are planned on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.