The award-winning film Lion Ark, charting the Animal Defenders International (ADI) rescue operation to enforce legislation banning animal circuses in Bolivia, will have its Italian premiere in the Senate on Wednesday 15 March 2017.
Members of Parliament are invited to attend the screening, which will conclude a special workshop in support of government proposals to phase out animal acts hosted by Italian group LAV in association with ADI.
Lion Ark Producer and ADI President Jan Creamer will outline ADI’s 25-year mission to expose circus suffering around the world, and assist governments with law enforcement and animal relocations.
Current legislation governing the use of animals in circuses in Italy dates back to 1968 and is out of step with public and expert opinion. ADI welcomes proposals to phase out animal circus acts and, if passed, Italy will join 18 European countries, and 34 around the world, with restrictions in place.
More action adventure than traditional documentary, the critically acclaimed Lion Ark follows the story of how a shocking exposé led to Bolivia banning animal circuses. Circuses defy the law but are tracked down by ADI, animals saved and a joyous finale sees 25 lions airlifted to freedom.
Lion Ark Director Tim Phillips said: “The film tackles a serious issue, but is exciting and leaves people with a smile on their face, knowing they can make a difference as they see the lives of these animals transform.”