On Dec 27, 2018, the Government of Ukraine discussed and approved amendments to the animals protection legislation proposed by the Ministry of Environment. In particular, the amendments will ban use of animals in circuses (with transition period of 5 years). The transition period would be needed to develop a mechanism for animals transfer to protected areas and identifying their future habitats. Relevant draft law was already registered in the Parliament (No.9453). 

Recently, cases of cruel treatment of animals have been widely reported and discussed in the media. These include circuses, dolphinaria, fur farms. The question is whether the Parliament would be ready to support such move. Just a few weeks before, the Parliament refused to approve the amendments to the laws aimed at establishing criminal responsibility for cruel treatment of homeless animals (draft No.6598).