PARIS:- The city of Paris on Wednesday pledged to ban the use of wild animals in circuses, in a move welcomed as a “small step forward” by animal welfare experts. Criticism has grown in France of the inclusion of exotic animals in some circus shows, and 65 municipalities have already banned them. City lawmakers voted Wednesday to support a motion proposed by Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo saying they were “unanimously committed to a city without wild animals in circuses.” But they didn’t set a deadline and left the final decision on any ban to the government.–AFP