A lion escaped from a local circus in an Italian seaside town, causing residents to be told to stay indoors for over five hours. The lion was eventually sedated and captured, with his handler insisting that the lion posed no threat to the public. Animal rights campaigners are calling for Italy to ban wild animals in entertainment, as over 20 European countries have already done. The incident highlights the dangers of circuses with animals from a public security perspective and the discomfort of animals forced into captivity for entertainment. The town mayor has also called for a change in the law regarding animal circuses.