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Mexican government passes bill to ban circus animals

The Mexican legislature has passed a bill that would ban the use of animals in circuses. But President Enrique Pena Nieto hasn't announced whether he'll sign the bill into a law.

Mexico's lower chamber voted 267-66 to ban circus animals on Thursday, following an earlier Senate vote. The bill hopes to fight animal cruelty in circus shows, and would let zoos have their pick of the animals already being used as performers.

The bill comes six months after Mexico City, as well as six states, first banned circus animals.