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City of Los Angeles Bans Use of Wild Animals in Entertainment

April 26, 2017 | Circus

We have a huge cheer for the city council of Los Angeles, which voted to ban the use of wild animals in entertainment. The motion, by Councilmember David Ryu, affects circuses, other wild animal exhibitions and rentals for house parties. An official ordinance is being drafted and will soon be returned to the Council for final approval.


While other cities in the U.S. have taken similar action to prohibit the use of wild animals in entertainment, L.A. is by far the largest city to do so.


This news comes on the heels of more good news—Guatemala just banned the use of wild animals in circuses. Guatemala follows Mexico, which banned the use of animals in circuses in 2015.


Now we need NYC to stop this animal cruelty. NYC Council Bill Intro 1233 would prevent elephants, bears, tigers and other wild animals from being forced to perform in circuses in the city.


Public backlash matters. Just ask Ringling Bros., which is going out of business next month.


New York supporters can all their NYC Council Member’s district office and urge their council members to support and co-sponsor Intro 1233 to ban wild animals in circuses. You can find your council member by clicking here.




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