State bill to prohibit the use of wild and exotic animals in travelling acts introduced
Pennsylvania Senator Daylin Leach has introduced a state bill to prohibit the use of wild and exotic animals in traveling acts. ADI is working closely with Senator Leach’s office, providing research and evidence of how such shows cannot provide for the needs of the animals, nor protect citizens from the inherent risk.
Introducing the bill, Senator Leach stated: “Elephants are not the only circus animals that are suffering. To maximize profit, traveling exhibitions use grueling itineraries that force all of their animals to endure cramped living quarters, limited social interaction, and perpetual stress. Circuses hide this suffering from audiences, who witness only the power and grace of these magnificent animals. The secret is out. The public will not tolerate this unconscionable cruelty any longer.”
Pennsylvania Residents Take Action!
If you live in Pennsylvania, contact your state Senator and Representative today and ask them to please support Senator Leach’s efforts to end the abuse of wild animals when circuses come to the state.
You can mention that, due to severe confinement, lack of free exercise, and the restriction of natural behaviors, animals used in traveling circuses suffer and are prone to health, behavioral, and psychological problems, and therefore it is never humane.
Circuses with wild animals are not safe for animals or the public. Keeping stressed, large and dangerous wild animals close to the public in lightweight, temporary enclosures has proven disastrous. Workers and members of the public have been killed and maimed; lions, tigers and elephants have all escaped.
The actual language and bill number will be finalized in the coming days, so please check back for more details.