NYC Councilwoman and animal champion Rosie Mendez is sponsoring Intro 1233, a bill to prohibit the display of wild or exotic animals for circuses and public entertainment
Great news! NYC Councilwoman and animal champion Rosie Mendez is sponsoring Intro 1233, a bill to prohibit the display of wild or exotic animals for circuses and public entertainment.
This effort has been years in the making and finally NYC Council is discussing this momentous legislation in the Council’s Committee on Health. ADI has worked closely with Councilmember Mendez and her staff over the years and we know how determined she is to protect these wild animals and the public when the circus comes to NYC.
Take Action Now!
If you live in New York City, contact the NYC Council and politely ask them to support Intro 1233, which will protect New Yorkers and wild animals when the circus comes to town by banning wild animals from circuses and other public entertainment. Remind them there is no humane existence for tigers, bears, lions, and other wild animals in circuses, forced to live in cramped travel cages for months on end and perform unnatural tricks. No amount of regulation can prevent these potentially dangerous, abused wild animals from escaping and injuring or even killing people.
Members of the Council Committee on Health need to hear from you!
NYC Council Committee on Health
Chair Corey Johnson Dist. 3 Manhattan District3@council.nyc.gov
Inez Barron Dist. 42 Brooklyn firstname.lastname@example.org
Jimmy Van Bramer Dist. 26 Queens JVanBramer@council.nyc.gov
James Vacca Dist. 13 Bronx email@example.com
Mathieu Eugene Dist. 40 Brooklyn firstname.lastname@example.org
Peter Koo Dist. 20 Queens email@example.com
Rafael Espinal Dist. 37 Brooklyn REspinal@council.nyc.gov
Robert Cornegy Dist. 36 Brooklyn RCornegy@council.nyc.gov
Rosie Mendez Dist. 2 Manhattan RMendez@council.nyc.gov
Studies of the use of wild animals in traveling circuses show that circuses cannot meet the physical or behavioral needs of wild animals. Animals are confined in small spaces, deprived of physical and social needs, spending excessive amounts of time shut in trailers and train cars. These animals are often seen behaving abnormally; rocking, swaying and pacing, all indicating that they are in distress and not coping with their environment. ADI’s video evidence has shown how these animals are forced to perform tricks through physical violence, fear and intimidation.
More information can be found at http://www.stopcircussuffering.com/get-involved/usa-get-involved/