Eureka Springs City Council in Arkansas voted to ban the use of wild animals in circuses in their community.
VICTORY! On March 9, 2015, Eureka Springs City Council in Arkansas voted to ban the use of wild animals in circuses in their community.
Animal Defenders International (ADI) applauds the Eureka Springs Councilmembers for making this compassionate decision to prohibit the use of wild animals and protect public safety when circuses come to town. All around the world, towns, cities and nations are passing measures to prevent the suffering of animals in traveling circuses.
After months of thoughtful discussion, the Council approved the first reading of Ordinance 2224 at their February 25th meeting, and on March 9th approved the second and third, finalizing the decision.
ADI has been working with local resident Rachel Brix, and other concerned citizens who presented evidence to the Council from our investigations, and shared facts about why traveling circuses, by their very nature of constant travel and close confinement, cannot meet the complex needs of tigers, lions, bears, elephants and other wild animals.
The City of Eureka Springs has joined more than 50 cities and counties in the United States that have restricted wild animals in traveling circuses. In December Mexico and The Netherlands passed national laws and thirty countries have now banned the use of wild animals or certain species in traveling circuses.
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