Stop Circus Suffering

TEAPSPA has been reintroduced in Congress!

Take action TODAY to help Stop Circus Suffering!

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On November 17, the Traveling Exotic Animal & Public Safety Protection Act (TEAPSPA, H.R.5999/S.3220) was reintroduced to the 117th Congress by Representatives Raul Grijalva, David Schweikert, and Senator Bob Menéndez.

If TEAPSPA is passed, it would amend the Animal Welfare Act to restrict the use of exotic and wild animals in traveling acts across the US.

Extensive evidence demonstrates that traveling shows cannot provide for the physical, behavioral and psychological needs of wild animals. Severe confinement in barren conditions, lack of exercise and restriction of natural behaviors, result in animals prone to health, behavioral and psychological problems. Welfare is always compromised. Constant fear, brutal handling, restriction of movement, causes stress to wild animals, making them dangerous. When in close proximity to the public, this creates a serious public safety hazard. Federal oversight of traveling animal acts is problematic, unmanageable, and costly for American taxpayers.

In the US, more than 100 jurisdictions in 34 states have ended or restricted circus shows, as have nearly 50 countries worldwide. It is time for a federal ban in the US with TEAPSPA.

You can watch a replay of the TEAPSPA launch event through ADI’s YouTube, Facebook, or Twitter pages.

The event was hosted by Daytime Emmy Award nominated actress, Kim Matula and featured actresses Chloe East from HBO’s Generation, ADI Ambassador Jorja Fox from CSI, and veterinarian Dr. Betsy Coville. Guest speakers included the bill sponsors Representatives Raul M. Grijalva and David Schweikert, and Senator Bob Menéndez.

Animals in US circuses need you to be their voice. Contact your legislators and ask them to cosponsor TEAPSPA (HR5999 and S3220). Share our e-alerts and social media posts with family and friends, and ask them to get involved (this is vital to building momentum), so that legislators receive a clear message — it is time to stop the suffering of circus animals in the US.


  1. Alfred Nova · 9 November 2021 at 11:10a

    I appreciate people leading real change in the world, while the old wrinkled crooked finger shaking old people try to ruin it.

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