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Mexican circus owners say ban means animals may die

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 The head of Mexico's circus owners' association says animals may die or be put down because of a ban on animal acts in circuses.

   Armando Cedeno says the government passed the ban, but made no provision for who will support the animals when they can no longer work.

   A federal ban is set to go into effect in July. But Mexico City and several other states have already approved bans.

   Spokesman Stephen Payne said Friday his Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus won't come to Mexico this year because of the bans.

   Circus owners point out the law does little to protect animals already working in circus, and says nothing about bullfighting, which is still legal in Mexico.

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